Policy ForumEcology

Biodiversity Conservation Research, Training, and Policy in São Paulo

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Science  11 Jun 2010:
Vol. 328, Issue 5984, pp. 1358-1359
DOI: 10.1126/science.1188639

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Since the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in 1992, biodiversity conservation (the protection of species, ecosystems, and ecological processes) and restoration (recovery of degraded ecosystems) have been high priorities for many countries. Scarce financial resources must be optimized, especially in developing countries considered megadiverse (1), by investing in programs that combine biodiversity research, personnel training, and public-policy impact. We describe an ongoing program in the state of São Paulo, Brazil, that may be a useful example of how conservation initiatives with a solid scientific basis can be achieved.