Upland habitat loss as a threat to Pantanal wetlands

Roque, Fabio O., Ochoa-Quintero, Jose, Ribeiro, Danilo B., Sugai, Larissa S.M., Costa-Pereira, Raul, Lourival, Reinaldo, and Bino, Gilad (2016) Upland habitat loss as a threat to Pantanal wetlands. Conservation Biology, 30 (5). pp. 1131-1134.

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The fate of Pantanal, one of the world's largest, most pristine and diverse wetlands, stands in the balance. The most recent (2014) and comprehensive land-cover change assessment of the upper Paraguay River Basin (UPRB), comprising both lowlands (Pantanal floodplain) and their surrounding upland savannas (Cerrado plateaus), shows the extent of decline of native vegetation (Fig. 1). Around 80% of the Pantanal floodplain native vegetation remains (Fig. 1), and over 60% of its Cerrado plateaus have been converted into pasture and croplands (SOS-Pantanal et al. 2015). The most worrying aspect is the fast rate of land clearing during the last 30 years (Supporting Information). In fact, the Cerrado is experiencing higher native vegetation conversion rates than Amazon and Atlantic Forest ecosystems in recent years but is still largely unprotected (Overbeck et al. 2015).

Item ID: 44134
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1523-1739
Funders: CNPq, Brazil, São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP), Programa Nacional de Pós Doutorado, FUNDECT
Projects and Grants: Grant 2014/20924-5. J, PNPD-CAPES #PNPD13-78381
Date Deposited: 27 Jul 2016 05:03
FoR Codes: 41 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 4104 Environmental management > 410401 Conservation and biodiversity @ 100%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9608 Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity > 960899 Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity of Environments not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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