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Biodiversity and Conservation

, Volume 26, Issue 7, pp 1745–1752 | Cite as

Removing the abyss between conservation science and policy decisions in Brazil

  • Valter M. Azevedo-Santos
  • Philip M. Fearnside
  • Caroline S. Oliveira
  • André A. Padial
  • Fernando M. Pelicice
  • Dilermando P. LimaJr
  • Daniel Simberloff
  • Thomas E. Lovejoy
  • André L. B. Magalhães
  • Mario L. Orsi
  • Angelo A. Agostinho
  • Francisco A. Esteves
  • Paulo S. Pompeu
  • William F. Laurance
  • Miguel PetrereJr
  • Roger P. Mormul
  • Jean R. S. Vitule
Commentary

Abstract

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.

Keywords

Environmental laws Scientific advice Forest Code Biodiversity, Translational scientists, Environmental impacts, Neotropical biodiversity 

Notes

Acknowledgements

We are grateful to Ricardo C. Benine and Paula N. Coelho for comments and suggestions in the first version of this work. VMAS, CSO and ALBM were supported by Coordenação de Aperfeiçoamento de Pessoal de Nível Superior (CAPES); PMF, FMP, PSP, AAP, AAA and JRSV were supported by Conselho Nacional de Desenvolvimento Científico e Tecnológico (CNPq).

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Valter M. Azevedo-Santos
    • 1
  • Philip M. Fearnside
    • 2
  • Caroline S. Oliveira
    • 1
  • André A. Padial
    • 3
  • Fernando M. Pelicice
    • 4
  • Dilermando P. LimaJr
    • 5
  • Daniel Simberloff
    • 6
  • Thomas E. Lovejoy
    • 7
  • André L. B. Magalhães
    • 8
  • Mario L. Orsi
    • 9
  • Angelo A. Agostinho
    • 10
  • Francisco A. Esteves
    • 11
  • Paulo S. Pompeu
    • 12
  • William F. Laurance
    • 13
  • Miguel PetrereJr
    • 14
    • 15
  • Roger P. Mormul
    • 10
  • Jean R. S. Vitule
    • 3
  1. 1.Laboratório de Ictiologia, Departamento de ZoologiaUniversidade Estadual Paulista “Júlio de Mesquita Filho”BotucatuBrazil
  2. 2.Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas da Amazônia (INPA)ManausBrazil
  3. 3.Pós-Graduação em Ecologia e Conservação; Laboratório de Ecologia e Conservação, Departamento de Engenharia Ambiental; Laboratório de Análise e Síntese em BiodiversidadeDepartamento de BotânicaUniversidade Federal do ParanáCuritibaBrazil
  4. 4.Núcleo de Estudos AmbientaisUniversidade Federal de TocantinsPorto NacionalBrazil
  5. 5.Laboratório de Ecologia e Conservação de Ecossistemas AquáticosUniversidade Federal do Mato GrossoPontal Do AraguaiaBrazil
  6. 6.Department of Ecology and Evolutionary BiologyUniversity of TennesseeKnoxvilleUSA
  7. 7.Department of Environmental Science and PolicyGeorge Mason UniversityFairfaxUSA
  8. 8.Programa de Pós-Graduação em Tecnologias para o Desenvolvimento SustentávelUniversidade Federal de São João Del ReiOuro BrancoBrazil
  9. 9.Departamento de Biologia Animal e VegetalUniversidade Estadual de LondrinaLondrinaBrazil
  10. 10.Programa de Pós-Graduação em Ecologia de Ambientes Aquáticos Continentais (PEA)Universidade Estadual de MaringáMaringáBrazil
  11. 11.Núcleo em Ecologia e Desenvolvimento Sócio Ambiental de MacaéUniversidade Federal do Rio de JaneiroMacaéBrazil
  12. 12.Laboratório de Ecologia de PeixesSetor de Ecologia, Departamento de BiologiaUniversidade Federal de Lavras – UFLALavrasBrazil
  13. 13.Centre for Tropical Environmental and Sustainability Science (TESS) and College of Marine and Environmental SciencesJames Cook UniversityCairnsAustralia
  14. 14.Programa de Pós-Graduação em Planejamento e Uso de Recursos RenováveisUniversidade Federal de São CarlosSorocabaBrazil
  15. 15.Programa de Pós-Graduação em Sustentabilidade de Ecossistemas Costeiros e MarinhosUNISANTASantosBrazil

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