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.
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
Loud, gigantic, and scary! This was my first impression of a skidder – a heavy vehicle used in cutting trees. Multiple trees are crushed to access one large Amazonian log. This was the logging operations that occurred in the Jamari National Forest in the Rondônia State of Brazil. Logging tropical trees is simultaneously an art… Read more
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