Sao Paulo sets precedent for role of government intervention in ecological restoration projects

Aug 25, 2011

The role of national governments in ecological or environmental conservation remains contentious the world over. While scientists and campaigners alike often demand that governments regulate and encourage restoration projects; financial priorities and conflicts with land owners or corporations makes such interventions politically difficult.

However, as reports, Brazil is one of a handful of , alongside South Africa, Namibia, India, Costa Rica and Vietnam, where and detailed legislation are being developed to promote, encourage and enforce terms for restoration and conservation projects.

The state government in São Paulo provides a test case and precedent for government intervention with legislation SMA 08-2008. The bill sets clear requirements for the minimum number of native tree species to be reached within a given period of time in restoration projects, and the precise proportion of functional groups or threatened species to be included when reforestation with native species is used as a restoration technique.

The legislation has received a mixed response among Brazilian restoration ecologists on the appropriateness of such detailed legal rules. For supporters, the rules help increase the chances that mandatory projects of ecological restoration will succeed.

However, opponents argue that there is no single way to achieve effective ecosystem restoration, and that the existing science is far from sufficient to establish standardized technical and methodological norms, or to justify that such norms be imposed.

Explore further: German scientist starts four-week swim down Rhine river

More information: The abstract of this study is available free online: onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10… 0X.2011.00815.x/full

add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

River restoration poorly coordinated, evaluated

Nov 13, 2007

The process of river restoration in the U.S. is uncoordinated at almost every level. Project scales are rarely linked to goals, and evaluation is rarely reported or used to assess whether these goals are achieved. A new study ...

Even plants benefit from outsourcing

Nov 07, 2008

The answer to successful revegetation of native flora is in sourcing genetically diverse seed not necessarily relying on remnant local native vegetation to provide seed. This review paper covers the appropriateness ...

Recommended for you

Australia approves huge India-backed mine

18 hours ago

Australia has given the go-ahead to a massive coal mine in Queensland state which Environment Minister Greg Hunt said Monday could ultimately provide electricity for up to 100 million Indians.

User comments : 1

Adjust slider to filter visible comments by rank

Display comments: newest first

omatumr
1 / 5 (4) Aug 25, 2011
The role of national governments in ecological or environmental conservation remains contentious the world over, . . .


Because the public is awakening to the fact that government financed Lysenkoism - the old USSR form of science control [1] - will led us to a totalitarian world government like George Orwell described in "1984" [2].

They are realizing that Earth's heat source - the Sun - is unstable and can erupt at any time to engulf planet Earth - quite unlike the Bilderberg [3] standard solar model of a stable, homogeneous Sun heated continuously at equilibrium by H-fusion.

They are seeing through government propaganda that future energy needs can be met by windmill power generators, solar panels, and H-fusion reactors that operate like the Bilderberg Sun [3],

1. www.skepdic.com/lysenko.html

2. www.online-litera...ll/1984/

3. http://adsabs.har...oPh.3.5G

With kind regards,
Oliver K. Manuel
Former NASA PI for Apollo