Voices from Developing Countries
A biodiversity paradox is happening: the most biodiverse ecosystems on Earth are also places highly vulnerable to destruction and degradation. Local and indigenous communities, environmental practitioners and scientists from developing countries are often at the forefront of the socioecological and conservation movement in these regions, from Central and South America, to Africa, to Southeast Asia and the Pacific Islands. However, our experiences and perspectives, ideas and innovations, are often lost or rarely heard. This blog aims to give a voice to our work.
Wildfires in humid tropical forests are one of the most critical environment problems of this century, that could define the future of the tropical forest biome and the world’s climate. In Amazonia, the largest tropical forest in the world, forests are being burned at an unprecedented rate. During the 2015/2016 El Nino, an extreme drought… Read more
Within the last 50 years, the human population has doubled, with global economic demands for energy and materials increasing 4-folds. In tandem to this growth has been an increase in global temperature of 0.2oC per decade since 1970, and according to the IPBES 2019 Global Assessment Report, an acceleration of species extinction rate tens to… Read more
Droughts have a significant & long-lasting change on tree and liana regeneration in a monodominant Amazon forest
Monodominant tropical forests, especially those not associated with flooded environments, are rare and still poorly understood. In the transition between Cerrado and the Amazon rainforest biomes in Brazil, lies patches of monodominant forests of “Pau-Brasil” or Bloodwood cacique (Brosimum rubescens, Figure 1). The structure of these forests have trees of different sizes and represents about… Read more
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