Analysis of Progress Towards a Comprehensive System of Marine Protected Areas in Brazil

Magris, R. A., Mills, M., Fuentes, M. M. P. B. and Pressey, R. L. (2013) Analysis of Progress Towards a Comprehensive System of Marine Protected Areas in Brazil. Natureza & Conservacao, 11 1: 81-87. doi:10.4322/natcon.2013.013


Author Magris, R. A.
Mills, M.
Fuentes, M. M. P. B.
Pressey, R. L.
Title Analysis of Progress Towards a Comprehensive System of Marine Protected Areas in Brazil
Journal name Natureza & Conservacao
ISSN 1679-0073
Publication date 2013-07-01
Year available 2013
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.4322/natcon.2013.013
Volume 11
Issue 1
Start page 81
End page 87
Total pages 7
Place of publication Parana, Brazil
Publisher Fundacao O Boticario de Protecao a Natureza
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Brazilian marine ecosystems face great threats while retaining outstanding biological features. A gap analysis was conducted to evaluate how well marine protected areas (MPAs) in Brazil meet conservation objectives for representation, connectivity, and risk-spreading. The performance of the MPAs was evaluated by overlaying maps of ecosystem and management and calculating the size of no-take areas and the distances between them. All objectives were far from fully attained. Currently, the protection of the marine environment is poor, with less than 1.9% of Brazil’s marine jurisdiction within MPAs and 0.14% within no-take areas. Also, only 23% of the ecosystems met the minimal number of replicates required by the risk-spreading objective. More positively, just over half (51%) of the no-take areas are a desirable distance apart. Our study highlights that a systematic expansion of MPAs in Brazil is urgently needed to move toward an ecologically representative and functioning MPA system.
Keyword Systematic conservation planning
Biodiversity conservation
Marine conservation
Gap analysis
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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