On the hope for biodiversity-friendly tropical landscapes

On the hope for biodiversity-friendly tropical landscapes


As pristine tropical forests get harder to preserve, much expectation has been allocated to the conservation of ecosystem services and biodiversity into Human-modified landscales (HMLs). However, it has not been fully assessed to what degree HMLs are able to sustain ecosystem services and what management practices can enhance biodiversity conservatoin in them.

Conclusions & Takeaways

The paper presented challenge the assuption that urbanization will lead to Forest path, many times traditional agricultural practices are substituted by intensive agriculture such as soy monoculture in the case of Brazilian Atlantic Forest. Abandonement of land can lead to unsustainable activities such as hunting that lead to degradation and biodiversity loss. Specific management practices must be carried on so that abandoned lands can transition into forest.


Melo, F. P. L., Arroyo-Rodríguez, V., Fahrig, L., Martínez-Ramos, M., & Tabarelli, M. (2013). On the hope for biodiversity-friendly tropical landscapes. Trends in Ecology & Evolution, 28(8), 462–468. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.tree.2013.01.001


  • Departamento de Botanica, Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, Recife-PE, Brazil
  • Centro de Investigaciones en Ecosistemas, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico (UNAM), Morelia, Michoacan, Mexico
  • Department of Biology, Carleton University, Ottawa, ON, Canada