Ana Paula has been working in the Atlantic Forest and on biodiversity conservation throughout Brazil since 1994. As a biologist, she has extensive field experience, particularly with biodiversity assessment and monitoring. Currently, she is focused on the fields of conservation planning and natural reserve design. While completing her Ph.D. she developed a spatial conservation planning framework to define the priority areas for conservation and restoration efforts based on biodiversity connectivity.
Why Landscape Partnerships
We decided to call this the ‘Landscapes Partnerships’ project because if you want to achieve better conservation of the Atlantic Forest you have to understand the landscape as a whole, not just the forest fragments, but also the surrounding matrix, and the requirements of different species within the landscape. To achieve results you also have to engage with different stakeholders within the landscape, farmers and other landowners, municipalities and State Government, as well as the National Park authorities.
What I enjoy about the field research
One of the great things about this research is that it is multi-dimensional and engages with so many different people. The practical field work is exciting and important as it involves carefully capturing birds to assess their richness, abundance, and density. But that is only part of the work. We also engage with local landowners to understand how they perceive ecosystem services that they get from the forest; and local government authorities are beginning to see how our research could help them develop payment for ecosystem service schemes and conservation corridors. The detailed land-use maps we have developed for the study site are a great resource to help people work collaboratively and plan for better conservation and land use in future.