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Carvalho, R., de Aguiar, A.P.D. and Amaral, S., 2020. Diversity of cattle raising systems and its effects over forest regrowth in a core region of cattle production in the Brazilian Amazon. Regional Environmental Change, 20(2), pp.1-15.
Roughly 60% of all deforested lands in the Brazilian Amazon are covered with pastures, putting cattle raising in evidence as a major driver of deforestation and also of forests’ regrowth. Still, the role of cattle raising diversity in the landscape dynamics of this region remains poorly understood. To contribute to this discussion, we combined data from semi-structured interviews and quantitative spatially explicit methods to ...
Schneider, A., Hinton, J., Collste, D., González, T.S., Cortes-Calderon, S.V. and Aguiar, A.P.D., 2020. Can transnational corporations leverage systemic change towards a ‘sustainable’future?. Nature Ecology & Evolution, 4(4), pp.491-492.
To the Editor — We welcome the idea that transnational corporations (TNCs) can play a central role in the protection of the biosphere, recently contributed by Folke et al. 1 . It is certainly crucial to understand how TNCs affect the biosphere. While the authors provide a comprehensive overview of the impact of TNCs on the biosphere and propose some pathways through which TNCs might contribute to the stabilization of the E...
Assis, T.O., de Aguiar, A.P.D., von Randow, C., de Paula Gomes, D.M., Kury, J.N., Ometto, J.P.H. and Nobre, C.A., 2020. CO2 emissions from forest degradation in Brazilian Amazon. Environmental Research Letters, 15(10), p.104035.
Forest degradation is widespread around the world, due to multiple factors such as unsustainable logging, agriculture, invasive species, fire, fuelwood gathering, and livestock grazing. In the Brazilian Amazon forest degradation from August 2006 to July 2016 reached 1,1 869 800 ha. The processes of forest degradation are still poorly understood, being a missing component in anthropogenic CO 2 emission estimates in tropical f...
Aguiar, A.P., Collste, D., Harmáckova, Z.V., Pereira, L., Selomane, O. et. al. 2020. Co-designing global target-seeking scenarios: A cross-scale participatory process for capturing multiple perspectives on pathways to sustainability. Global Environmental Change, Volume 65, November 2020, 102198, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.gloenvcha.2020.102198
The United Nations 2030 Agenda catalysed the development of global target-seeking sustainability-oriented scenarios representing alternative pathways to reach the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Implementing the SDGs requires connected actions across local, national, regional, and global levels; thus, target-seeking scenarios need to reflect alternative options and tensions across those scales. We argue that the design o...
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Carvalho, R., Adami, M., Amaral, S., Bezerra, F.G., de Aguiar, A.P.D. 2019. Changes in secondary vegetation dynamics in a context of decreasing deforestation rates in Pará, Brazilian Amazon. Applied Geography Volume 106, May 2019, Pages 40-49
Tropical secondary vegetation is of particular interest as carbon sinks , potential lands for agriculture and livestock expansion, biodiversity conservation and ecosystem services . Until mid-2000s estimates of secondary vegetation in the Brazilian Amazon indicated a progressive increase of this cover, however after 2010, only 1197 km 2 of additional secondary vegetation were generated, while 42,040 km 2 were conver...
de Barros Viana Hissa, L., Aguiar, A.P.D., Rodrigues Camargo, R., Santos de Lima, L., et.al. 2019. Regrowing forests contribution to law compliance and carbon storage in private properties of the Brazilian Amazon. Land Use Policy Volume 88, November 2019, 104163
The viability of the climate pledges made by Brazil at the COP21 in Paris, 2015, heavily depends on the success of the country policies related to forest governance. Particularly, there are high expectations that the enforcement of the Brazilian Forest Code (BFC) will drive large-scale forest recovery and carbon mitigation. In this study, we quantified the potential role that ongoing forest regeneration may play in offsetting ...
Von Randow, R.C.S., Rodriguez, D.A., Tomasella, J. Aguiar, A.P.D., et.al. 2019. Response of the river discharge in the Tocantins River Basin, Brazil, to environmental changes and the associated effects on the energy potential. Regional Environmental Change, January 2019, Volume 19, Issue 1, pp 193–204
Climate change is expected to impact the hydrological regime worldwide, and land use and land cover change may alter the effects of the former in some cases. Secondary growth in deforested and abandoned areas is one of the main consequences of land use and cover changes in Amazonia. Among land uses, the effects of the secondary growth in water availability in large scale basins are not well understood. This work analyzes the ...
Aguiar, A.P.D., Collste, D., Galafassi, D., Harmackova, Z., Houngbedji, K., Mesfin, M., Ndahiro, D., Pereira, L., Selomane, O., van derLeeuw, S. 2019. The Second African Dialogue on the World In 2050: How to attain the SDGs within planetary boundaries: Agricultureand food systems. Report on a Multi-Actor Dialogue for TWI2050, 30 – 31 October 2018, Kigali, Rwanda. Sustainable Development Goals Center for Africa and SwedBio/Stockholm Resilience Centre at Stockholm University.
How can transformed agriculture and food systems in Africa contribute to reaching the SDGs within the planetary boundaries? How do the visions for agriculture and food systems in Africa align to the perspectives expressed in global scenarios? THE SECOND AFRICAN DIALOGUE on The World in 2050 (TWI2050) brought together stakeholders to discuss pathways to reach the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), within the planetary bou...
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Aragão, L. et al. 2018. 21st Century drought-related fires counteract the decline of Amazon deforestation carbon emissions. Nature Communications. DOI: 10.1038/s41467-017-02771-y
Tropical carbon emissions are largely derived from direct forest clearing processes. Yet, emissions from drought-induced forest fires are, usually, not included in national-level carbon emission inventories. Here we examine Brazilian Amazon drought impacts on fire incidence and associated forest fire carbon emissions over the period 2003–2015. We show that despite a 76% decline in deforestation rates over the past 13 years, fi...
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