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The conservation feasibility of the Cerrado remnants in São Paulo State

Grant number: 98/05251-0
Support type:BIOTA-FAPESP Program - Thematic Grants
Duration: April 01, 1999 - September 30, 2003
Field of knowledge:Biological Sciences - Ecology
Principal Investigator:Marisa Dantas Bitencourt Pereira
Grantee:Marisa Dantas Bitencourt Pereira
Home Institution: Instituto de Biociências (IB). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil
Co-Principal Investigators:Giselda Durigan
Associated scholarship(s):01/01237-7 - Characterization of Cerrado remnants in the State of São Paulo of the flora, phytogeography and state of conservation, BE.PQ
00/07106-9 - Modeling of anthropic factors that influence the Cerrado fragments in the State of São Paulo, BP.DR
99/05041-8 - Modeling of the variations in the spectral response of the physiognomies of Cerrado in relation to seasonal climatic variations, BP.DR
99/06973-1 - Creation of a database of remnants of Cerrado in the Vale do Rio Paraíba do Sul, in the State of São Paulo, BP.IC


The hight rate of cerrados disappearance, pointed out in the last Forest Inventory in the State of São Paulo, showed the urgency in establishing conservation and restoration means to maintain those remnants. The interdiciplinarity of the Teams envolved is the guarantee of success in indicating the cerrados areas where the ecological and economical conservation is feasible. Taking the advantage of the IF effort and the experience of the Teams in cerrado, this project aim to: a) upgrade the physiognomic classes within those remnants; b) indicate their conservation status and degradation agents; c) indicate how their (per fragment) plant species can be economically feasible; e) evaluate the legal instruments to incentive conservation and disincentive degradation; and f) inform non academic community about those findings. The number of remnants studied will result from a previous spatial analysis hierarchichy, scheduled depending on time and money. (AU)