conservation

Fires in protected areas reveal unforseen costs of Colombian peace

Armed conflict, and its end, can have powerful effects on natural resources, but the influence of war and peace on highly biodiverse tropical forests remains disputed. We found a sixfold increase in fires in protected areas across biodiversity …

Deforestation and Coca Cultivation Rooted in Twentieth-Century Development Projects

Most of the world's coca—the source of cocaine—is grown in the Amazonian forests of Colombia, Peru, and Bolivia. As cultivation continues despite eradication, a shift to giving farmers more incentives to abandon coca is currently proposed. Assuming …

The river-refuge hypothesis and other contributions of Márcio Ayres to conservation science

For more than a century, biogeographers have sought to explain the large number of species found in Amazonian forests. The role of rivers as barriers to dispersal was recognized early on and this was the first evolutionary hypothesis to explain …

El Futuro de los bosques de Colombia: ¿será la paz peor que la guerra?