Removing the abyss between conservation science and policy decisions in Brazil

Azevedo-Santos, V.M., Fearnside, Philip M., Oliveira, Caroline S., Padial, André A., Pelicice, Fernando M., Lima, Dilermando P., Simberloff, Daniel, Lovejoy, Thomas J., Magalhães, André L.B., Orsi, Mario L., Agostinho, Angelo A., Esteves, Francisco A., Pompeu, Paulo S., Laurance, William F., Petrere, Miguel, Mormul, Roger P., and Vitule, Jean R.S. (2017) Removing the abyss between conservation science and policy decisions in Brazil. Biodiversity and Conservation, 26. pp. 1745-1752.

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The executive and legislative branches of Brazilian government have either proposed or taken a variety of initiatives that threaten biodiversity and ecosystems. Opposition by the scientific community has largely been ignored by decision-makers. In this short essay, we present recent examples of harmful policies that have great potential to erode biodiversity, and we suggest ways to communicate scientific knowledge to decision makers. If the current gap between conservation science and policies is not filled, the country will threaten the maintenance of its natural capital and, consequently, the sustainability of essential societal activities in the long term.

Item ID: 49068
Item Type: Article (Commentary)
ISSN: 1572-9710
Keywords: environmental laws; scientific advice; forest code; biodiversity; translational scientists; environmental impacts; neotropical biodiversity
Date Deposited: 05 Jul 2017 05:36
FoR Codes: 05 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050202 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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