Applied Landscape Ecology, Future Socioeconomics and Policy-Making in the Neotropics by The Ecotropics group

Perspectives on Nature Conservation - Patterns, Pressures and Prospects / INTECH

March 2012

Conservation of larger areas involves greater complexity and sets of issues that confront the conservationist change and become more difficult. The global perspective is indeed the youngest conservation approach (in an endeavor that is less than a century old itself); the challenges that face global conservation are still murky, the strategies developed to achieve it are relatively undeveloped, and the international agreements to enable it are insufficient. A chapter by Restrepo-Aristizábal, Valentina Heggestad and Acuña-Rodríguez concludes this volume. It elaborates on the use of landscape ecology and its principals in the development of a policy for nature conservation throughout the Neotropics (of Latin America) in the context of global (particularly global climate) change. Conservation, particularly conservation of intact forests and other carbon-sequestering environments, is now of critical importance to not just saving species, but more importantly to providing the breaks to slow the warming of the Earth’s climate. Conservation can be a vital tool to increase storage of atmospheric carbon and could be (partially) effective even without the limitation of greenhouse gas emissions that is being bargained for at the United Nations Committee of the Parties meetings that are following up on the Kyoto Protocol. The will to make the necessary changes to combat global warming head-on may elude the world’s diplomatic communities, but a regional conservation plan could serve as a stopgap measure, or at least a preliminary step toward regaining a balance in the world system.

By Dr. John Tieffenbacher

Director of Lovell Center for Environmental Geography and Hazard Research at Texas State University

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Book about Fauna Silvestre de La Reserva Forestal Los Montes de Oca. April 19, 2011

Landscape dynamics, forest fragmentation and their relation to socio-economic history and biophysical attributes in the Colombian highlands

Reducing the Vulnerability of Societies to Water Related Risks at the Basin Scale (Proceedings of the third International Symposium on Integrated Water Resources Management, Bochum, Germany, September 2006). IAHS Publ. 317, 2007.

The concepts of landscape ecology are analyzed through scale, structure, function and change. These are useful when approached from a holistic perspective and offer an analytical tool for integrated watershed management using a geographic information system. This study seeks to understand, from a landscape ecology perspective, the severe water shortages in two sub-basin areas characterized by rugged mountainous terrain, extensive cloud cover, and dense vegetation. The landscape changes were analyzed through interactions among temporal (1940–1993) and spatial patterns of land-cover, agrosystems, a half century of human history and biophysical attributes. The analysis illustrates how deforestation, religion, biophysical attributes, fragmentation, and their relation with socioeconomic history also influence the ecosystems of the northern Andes.

http://www.researchgate.net/publication/209446441_Landscape_dynamics_forest_fragmentation_and_their_relation_to_socio-economic_history_and_biophysical_attributes_in_the_Colombian_highlands

The Wiki Ecoinformatic Web-finder of The Americas derived from New Technologies (WEWANT)(Link)

The Wiki Ecoinformatic Web-finder of The Americas derived from New Technologies, WEWANT assists data providers and users of biodiversity management to promptly locate through hyperlinks over 200 datasets and services deployed at http://ecotropics.pbworks.com/ and developed by http://www.ecotropics.org . WEWANT also equips governments and academia with the best data and services on which to base their biodiversty planning decisions and outline manifold policy options. In this climate change and biodiversity-depleted economy, WEWANT responds to both public and private sectors in supporting users to find biodiversity knowledge as scientific and management tools. For example, many sectors need to identify raw materials from natural sources for biotechnology or bio-nanotechnology processes, evolve biomimicry for industrial designers, emulate biomorphism for architects, develop neobiological industries, enact public policies, report to the United Nations conventions, run statistics analyses and models, enable better biodiversity planning, manage invasive species, develop forest carbon baselines, and elongate biodiversity in order to compensate for reducing emissions from deforestation and ecosystems degradation through REDD Plus. Likely, biodiversity web-based information can be slow to download, exchange, and tools difficult to interact because of the lack of political interoperability among institutions. Since 1996, the Inter American Biodiversity Information Network (IABIN) at http://www.iabin.net has played a unifying role between data/services providers and users, by facilitating access to digitized data, metadata, and public policy decision support online tools. All in all, one of the major IABIN milestones and contributions is the political overlay of 34 Organization of American States (OAS) member’s countries acceptance of technical protocols and standards to share and contribute biodiversity information. Learn more http://ecotropics.pbworks.com/

The Ecotropics group was the technical coordinator along with a transdiciplinary team to build the Inter American Biodiversity Information Network (IABIN). See project developed products at http://www.oas.org/en/sedi/dsd/iabin/

Also, IABIN Milestones http://www.slideserve.com/rainer/arturo-restrepo-aristizabal-et-al

The Ecotropics group Founder helped to develop the Global Change Master Directory for Earth Science Systems @ NASA. See project developed product at http://globalchange.nasa.gov/

Metadata Development for Ecological Networks for the Committee on Earth Observation Satellites Newsletters . April 2007

Please. Have a look at http://idn.ceos.org/idnresources/Newsletters/Apr2007_NEWSLETTER.pdf

El mercado voluntario de carbono como una alternativa económica en Colombia. Eco Editores. June 2011 http://issuu.com/fruedav/docs/hseq_world_edicion_1_junio-julio_2011

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