Amazon: Biodiversity Conservation, Economic Development and Human Impact


Clênia Rodrigues-Alcântara (Editor)
Universidade Federal de Campina Grande, Centro de Tecnologia e Recursos Naturais, Unidade Academica de Ciencias Atmosferica, Rua Aprigio Veloso, Cidade Universitaria, Campina Grande, PB, Brazil

Series: Environmental Research Advances
BISAC: SCI026000

This book examines one of the most important ecosystems of the world, the Amazon Rainforest, with a focus on the diversity of species found in the region; its importance and vulnerability on the processes, especially anthropogenic, which are occurring; the sustainable use of products found in the forest and how it can be less degrading for those who depend on it to survive; and how public policies and correct decision-making could benefit the sustainable use of the forest. The quality of life of people living in this region and how the processes of forest degradation influence precipitation is also discussed, as are key elements for the proper maintenance of this ecosystem. You can understand how the forest is connected with other parts of the world through an analysis of what is presented in these chapters in terms of climate change and the biological, anthropological, economic and meteorological point of view. (Imprint: Nova)


Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Chapter 1. Apicomplexa in the Amazon
(Sónia Rocha and Carlos Azevedo, University of Porto, Porto, Portugal)

Chapter 2. Amazonian Podostemaceae: Importance and Vulnerability of the Biodiversity Hidden Under Tropical Waterfalls
(Marcelo Sobral Leite, Departamento de Botânica, Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, Brazil)

Chapter 3. Diversity, Origin and Status of Amazonian Avifauna
(Manuel Nores, Centro de Zoología Aplicada. Universidad Nacional de Córdoba, Argentina)

Chapter 4. Biotechnology and the Sustainable Use of Amazon Biodiversity
(Daniela Bittencourt and Sara de Almeida Rios, Embrapa Amazônia Ocidental, Manaus, Brazil)

Chapter 5. Land Use in the Brazilian Amazon: Agriculture in Smallholdings and the Exploitation of Non-Timber Forest Products
(Mirian Cristina Gomes Costa and Hélio Tonini, Departament of Soil Sciences, Federal University of Ceará, Fortaleza, CE, Brazil and others)

Chapter 6. Community Forestry in the Brazilian Amazon: An Examination of Power, Challenges and Goals
(Reem Hajjar, Faculty of Forestry, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada)

Chapter 7. The Governance of Rainforest Preservation in the Brazilian Amazon: The Tapajós National Forest and The Amazon National Park Compared
(Ana Maria de Souza Mello Bicalho and Scott William Hoefle, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)

Chapter 8. Measuring Urban Quality of Life in the Brazilian Amazon Region – Combining Social, Economic And Environmental Variables
(Josiane do Socorro Aguiar de Souza and José Augusto Leitão Drummond, University of Brasilia, Brazil)
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Chapter 9. Precipitation Changes Due to the Amazon Deforestation
(Weber Andrade Gonçalves, Luiz Augusto Toledo Machado and Clênia Rodrigues Alcântara, National Institute for Space Research, Brazil and others)

Chapter 10. Climate Change: Causes, Implications and Consequences for the Amazon Basin
(Clênia Rodrigues Alcântara and Enio Pereira de Souza, Department of Atmospheric Sciences, Federal University of Campina Grande, Campina Grande, PB, Brazil)


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