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Enhancing climate change resilience of ecological restoration — A framework for action
William D. Simonson, Ellen Miller, Alastair Jones, Shaenandhoa García-Rangel, Hazel Thornton, Chris McOwen

  • Climate change needs considering in seven areas of restoration design/implementation.

  • These range from objective setting through to monitoring and adaptive management.

  • Evidence is scant for climate change resilient restoration in practice.

  • Our framework can help structure a more climate change resilient restoration approach.

Open access
Available online 12 June 2021
Integrating farmers’ decisions on the assessment of forest regeneration drivers in a rural landscape of Southeastern Brazil
Mónica Borda-Niño, Eliane Ceccon, Paula Meli, Diego Hernández-Muciño, Jean-François Mas, Pedro H.S. Brancalion

  • Forest regeneration is frequent on steeper slopes (>10%) formerly used for cattle ranching.

  • Forest regeneration is frequent closer to older forest patches and permanent rivers.

  • Biophysical factors as slope and altitude affect farmer’s decisions on land abandonment.

  • Forest regeneration is inversely related to the economic dependence on farm’s income.

  • Fluctuating market demands can encourage deforestation or land abandonment.

Open access
Available online 12 June 2021
Environmental sound as a mirror of landscape ecological integrity in monitoring programs
Camilo Sánchez-Giraldo, Camilo Correa Ayram, Juan M. Daza

  • We determined how soundscape complexity and ecological integrity are related.

  • Acoustically richer soundscapes were linked to higher ecological integrity.

  • Relationship between acoustic complexity and integrity was influenced by daily variation.

  • Acoustic complexity serves as an indicator of the ecosystem health.

  • Soundscape analysis is a feasible approach for monitoring and conservation of the landscape.

Open access
Available online 11 June 2021
Environmental heterogeneity and sampling relevance areas in an Atlantic forest endemism region
Carolina da Silva Carvalho, Felipe Martello, Mauro Galetti, Fernando Pinto, Mercival Roberto Francisco, Luis Fábio Silveira, Pedro Manoel Galetti Jr

  • Private reserves preserve the environmental heterogeneity found in the PEC.

  • Mammals, in general, are the least studied vertebrate groups in the PEC.

  • The western region of the PEC presents the highest sampling relevance of vertebrates.

  • Sites with the highest sampling relevance are most threatened by fragmentation.

Open access
Available online 10 June 2021
Cat and dog predation on birds: The importance of indirect predation after bird-window collisions
Natalia Rebolo-Ifrán, Lucía Zamora-Nasca, Sergio A. Lambertucci

  • Domestic cats (Felis silvestris catus) and dogs (Canis lupus familiaris), affect birdlife in various ways, including predation.

  • Besides direct predation, birds caught by cats and dogs after collisions with windows represents an unexplored human cause of avian mortality.

  • Bird-window collisions should be incorporated into the assessment of bird predation by cats and dogs.

  • Minimizing the number of cats and dogs per household and the time spent outdoors would help reduce avian mortality.

Open access
Available online 9 June 2021
Remaining suitable areas for the critically endangered Brazilian Merganser (Mergus octosetaceus; Aves, Anseriformes) are threatened by hydroelectric power plants
Alex Augusto Abreu Bovo, Katia Maria Paschoaletto Micchi de Barros Ferraz, Flávia Ribeiro, Lívia Vanucci Lins, Marcelo de Oliveira Barbosa, Fernando Henrique Previdente, Gislaine M.S. Disconzi, Fabiane Sebaio, Paulo de Tarso Zuquim Antas, André de Camargo Guaraldo, Alexandre Resende, Adriano Rodrigues Lagos, Antonio Eduardo Araujo Barbosa, Luís Fábio Silveira

  • Brazilian Merganser has few suitable areas remaining for its three populations.

  • Several small hydroelectric plants are planned in areas where the species inhabits.

  • A high amount of suitable area used by the species is not within Protected Areas.

  • A fifth of the suitable areas are covered by anthropogenic land use, mainly pasture.

  • Brazilian Merganser situation is critical, calling for urgent conservation actions.

Open access
Available online 5 May 2021
Determining the location of protected areas in France: Does “scientific interest” matter?
Pierre Chassé, Cécile Blatrix, Nathalie Frascaria-Lacoste

  • Scientific interest is necessary but insufficient when determining protected areas.

  • French procedures for creating protected areas show various land-use conflicts.

  • A clear understanding of implementation decisions is necessary to reach conservation goals.

  • Local authorities can constitute a proxy to seize conservation opportunities.

  • Social sciences and interdisciplinary research are necessary for resolving conservation issues.

Open access
Available online 1 May 2021
Climate and land-use changes coupled with low coverage of protected areas threaten palm species in South Brazilian grasslands
Licet Fernanda Calambás-Trochez, Santiago José Elías Velazco, Pablo Melo Hoffmann, Elivelton Marcos Gurski, Fernanda Thiesen Brum, Marcos Bergmann Carlucci

  • The palm species of the South Brazilian grasslands are at risk.

  • In this region, climate and land-use changes increase threats to palm species.

  • The synergistic effects of these threats increase the risk of extinction of species.

  • With no future dispersal, palm species are likely to face a drastic range reduction.

  • Current protected areas in the region are not sufficient to protect palm species.

Open access
Available online 25 April 2021
Estimating occupancy and detection probability of the Amazonian manatee (Trichechus inunguis), in Central Amazon, Brazil
Diogo Alexandre de Souza, André Luis Sousa Gonçalves, Eduardo Matheus von Muhlen, Vera Maria Ferreira da Silva

  • Direct/indirect sample methods combined gave best occupancy/detection estimates.

  • Detection probability was high and positively related with macrophyte coverage.

  • Final occupancy estimate can be baseline to Purus River long-term monitoring studies.

  • Hierarchical model potential to know aquatic mammals distribution.

  • Our data support the selection of priority areas for the species’ conservation.

Open access
Available online 20 April 2021
Expected impacts of climate change on tree ferns distribution and diversity patterns in subtropical Atlantic Forest
André Luís de Gasper, Guilherme Salgado Grittz, Carlos Henrique Russi, Carlos Eduardo Schwartz, Arthur Vinicius Rodrigues

  • Most tree ferns will lose suitable areas due to climate change.

  • Dicksonia sellowiana Hook. may become more threatened as a result of constraints in its distribution.

  • In all scenarios, subtropical tree ferns assemblages in the Atlantic Forest will become less rich.

  • Neglecting the uncertainties arising from the choice of global circulation models can lead to inaccurate conclusions.

Open access
Available online 17 April 2021
Perspectives in Ecology and Conservation

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