In This Issue
- Prediction of Widespread Rainforest Loss in Brazil
- Future Meetings
- Information Highway Hi-Lites
- Current Literature
According to a publication in Science (19 January 2001, pp. 438-439) by William Laurance and colleagues at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute's Biological Dynamics of Forest Fragments Project, as much as 42% of the Amazon River basin of Brazil will be seriously damaged or lost altogether in the next two decades if that country's infrastructure development projects go forward as planned. Laurance's team developed comprehensive computer models that integrate current data on deforestation, logging, fires, mining, roads, parks and reserves with information about a host of existing and planned infrastructure projects. The planned $40 billion, seven-year project called "Avança Brasil" (Advance Brazil) includes the construction of railroads and hydroelectric dams; the conversion of unpaved roads into paved, all-weather highways; the installation of power lines and gas lines; and the channelization of rivers.
The models show the predicted spatial distribution of areas that are heavily degraded, moderately degraded, lightly degraded, and pristine. According to the authors, even under the more optimistic of the two scenarios modeled, "the Brazilian Amazon will be drastically altered by current development schemes and land-use trends over the next 20 years." The authors suggest viable alternatives to destructive development, including the payment of carbon-offset funds and using agricultural land intensively rather than extensively (where perennial crops are favored over fire-maintained cattle pastures). "At stake is the fate of the greatest tropical rain forest on Earth," they wrote.
The Environmental Protection Agency's Biological Assessment of Wetlands Workgroup (BAWWG) national meeting will take place 14-16 May 2001, at the Sheraton World Resort in Orlando, Florida. The meeting is called Assessing the Health of Wetland Life: Policy, Science and Practice and is open to anyone interested in learning about the progress of state agencies from across the country in developing biological monitoring protocols to determine the health of wetlands. Presentations focus on the policy and science behind implementation of wetland monitoring strategies on the national, state, and county levels. Registration and lodging information is available at <http://www.epa.gov/owow/wetlands/bawwg/announ2001.html>. A detailed agenda also is available at the same site. To register, call (800) 965-5004 or (415) 682-2154. Register by 15 April for the early bird rate of $75 for government agency staff, nonprofit staff, volunteers, and educators and $100 for businesses and consultants.
The Communities Working for Wetlands conference is a training opportunity for wetland enthusiasts interested in managing or participating in local wetland conservation and education projects. The conference will take place 16-18 May 2001, at the Sheraton World Resort in Orlando, Florida. All volunteers, nonprofit organization staff, educators, students, government agency staff, and business professionals who want to make a difference for wetlands should attend. Conference sessions will include panel presentations on how citizens made a difference in the Florida Everglades, wetland restoration for fish habitat, restoration challenges in the west, citizen wetland monitoring, and how citizens can use existing regulatory policy or work toward new policies to conserve local wetlands. Registration and lodging information is available at <http://www.iwla.org/sos/awm>. To register, please call (800) 965-5004 or (415) 682-2154. Register by 15 April for the early bird rate of $85 for volunteers, non-profits, students, and teachers and $120 for government agency staff, businesses, and consultants.
Sponsored by the Marine Conservation Biology Institute <http://www.mcbi.org/>, the Second Symposium on Marine Conservation Biology will be held 21-26 June 2001 at San Francisco State University, California. MCBI encourages participation from outside North America. Attendance will be limited to 700 registrants. Cosponsors for the Second Symposium include the Society for Conservation Biology, the President's Council on Environmental Quality, and the US Department of the Interior.
The Society for Conservation Biology will hold their 15th Annual Meeting on 29 July - 1 August 2001 at the University of Hawaii, Hilo, Hawaii. The scientific program will consist of a plenary address by Sir Robert May, seven symposia, approximately 300 contributed oral presentations, two evening poster sessions, and a variety of workshops and discussions. The conference theme is "Ecological Lessons from Islands," and includes such figurative islands as isolated fragments of habitat within altered landscapes. The meeting is co-hosted by the Pacific Island Ecosystems Research Center (PIERC) of USGS Biological Resources, the University of Hawaii, and Hawaii's Secretariat for Conservation Biology. For information, visit the conference website at <http://www.uhh.hawaii.edu/~scb/>.
The Queensland Government and the Smithsonian Institution are proud to support the 3rd International Canopy Conference to be held in Cairns, north Queensland, Australia, in June 2002. The conference theme is "Science, Policy and Utilisation" bringing together scientists, environment managers and policy-makers concerned with the discovery and sustainable use of forests around the world. Scientists, researchers, academics, students, users and policy-makers working in areas such as flora, fauna, plant ecology, environment management, ecotourism, climate conditions, biodiversity, forests evolution and other forestry areas will have the opportunity to present papers and network in an international forum which reviews present research and help set the agenda for the future. Academic papers will be refereed by an expert international panel. For more information, see the website at <http://www.premiers.qld.gov.au/geninfo/geninfo.htm>, or contact via email Eileen.Domagala@premiers.qld.gov.au.
The Rainforest Alliance announces the launch of a new, bilingual website that provides a fast, informative and user-friendly resource for information on conservation initiatives underway in Mexico and Central America. The Eco-Index <http://www.eco-index.org> is an electronic almanac of conservation projects in the region, serving conservationists, journalists, funders, and other interested parties worldwide. The site's principle feature is a search engine that makes the pertinent but succinct project information easy to retrieve. The compiled project information includes annual budget, funders, objectives, achievements, anticipated accomplishments, lessons learned, and summaries of available reports.
Environment Canada's Canadian Wildlife Service provides an informative site on Species at Risk in Canada <http://www.speciesatrisk.gc.ca/Species/English/Default.cfm>. The searchable site offers basic information on each species, including conservation status as assigned by COSEWIC (Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada) and proposed recovery. The site may be searched by species (using common or scientific names or risk status) or geographic distribution (interactive map). The mapping feature provides excellent information in an intuitive format - such as the option to map more than one species' distribution in one view. Each species account includes taxonomic information, a description of characteristics, photograph, distribution map, and brief accounts of biology, population and distribution, habitat, threats, protection, recovery efforts, and references.
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