Changing the course of biodiversity conservation in the caatinga of northeastern Brazil

Inara R. Leal, Jose Maria Cardoso da Silva, Marcelo Tabarelli, Thomas E. Lacher

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Abstract

The 735,000-km2 Caatinga is a mosaic of thorn scrub and seasonally dry forests, with more than 2000 species of vascular plants, fishes, reptiles, amphibians, birds, and mammals. Endemism in these groups varies from 7% to 57%. Inappropriate land use has already caused serious environmental damage and accelerating desertification, which is currently threatening about 15% of the region. Moreover, the rich and diversified biota of the Caatinga is poorly protected: only 11 reserves (

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)701-706
Number of pages6
JournalConservation Biology
Volume19
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2005
Externally publishedYes

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Changing the course of biodiversity conservation in the caatinga of northeastern Brazil. / Leal, Inara R.; Cardoso da Silva, Jose Maria; Tabarelli, Marcelo; Lacher, Thomas E.

In: Conservation Biology, Vol. 19, No. 3, 06.2005, p. 701-706.

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Leal, Inara R. ; Cardoso da Silva, Jose Maria ; Tabarelli, Marcelo ; Lacher, Thomas E. / Changing the course of biodiversity conservation in the caatinga of northeastern Brazil. In: Conservation Biology. 2005 ; Vol. 19, No. 3. pp. 701-706.
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