The Largest Tropical Dry Forest Region in South America

  • José Maria Cardoso da Silva
  • Inara R. Leal
  • Marcelo Tabarelli

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxi
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. José Maria Cardoso da Silva, Luis Cláudio Fernandes Barbosa, Inara R. Leal, Marcelo Tabarelli
      Pages 3-19
  3. Biodiversity

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 21-21
    2. Luciano Paganucci de Queiroz, Domingos Cardoso, Moabe Ferreira Fernandes, Marcelo Freire Moro
      Pages 23-63
    3. Inara R. Leal, José Domingos Ribeiro-Neto, Xavier Arnan, Fernanda M. P. Oliveira, Gabriela B. Arcoverde, Rodrigo M. Feitosa et al.
      Pages 65-95
    4. Sergio Maia Queiroz Lima, Telton Pedro Anselmo Ramos, Márcio Joaquim da Silva, Ricardo de Souza Rosa
      Pages 97-131
    5. Adrian Antonio Garda, Mariana Garcez Stein, Ricardo Bonfim Machado, Marília Bruzzi Lion, Flora Acuña Juncá, Marcelo Felgueiras Napoli
      Pages 133-149
    6. Daniel Oliveira Mesquita, Gabriel Corrêa Costa, Adrian Antonio Garda, Fagner Ribeiro Delfim
      Pages 151-180
    7. Helder Farias Pereira de Araujo, José Maria Cardoso da Silva
      Pages 181-210
    8. Ana Paula Carmignotto, Diego Astúa
      Pages 211-254
    9. Inara R. Leal, Ariadna V. Lopes, Isabel C. Machado, Marcelo Tabarelli
      Pages 255-278
  4. Ecosystem Services

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 279-279
    2. Eunice Maia de Andrade, Deodato do Nascimento Aquino, Luiz Carlos Guerreiro Chaves, Fernando Bezerra Lopes
      Pages 281-302
    3. Ulysses Paulino Albuquerque, Elcida de Lima Araújo, Cibele Cardoso de Castro, Rômulo Romeu Nóbrega Alves
      Pages 303-333
    4. Chiara Bragagnolo, Felipe A. S. Vieira, Ricardo A. Correia, Ana Claudia M. Malhado, Richard J. Ladle
      Pages 335-355
  5. Threats

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 357-357
    2. José Maria Cardoso da Silva, Luis Claúdio Fernandes Barbosa
      Pages 359-368
    3. Roger Rodrigues Torres, David Montenegro Lapola, Nancy Laura Rios Gamarra
      Pages 383-410
  6. Solutions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 411-411
    2. Everardo Valadares de Sá Barretto Sampaio, Rômulo Simões Cezar Menezes, Yony de Sá Barretto Sampaio, Ana Dolores Santiago de Freitas
      Pages 413-428
    3. Carlos Roberto Fonseca, Marina Antongiovanni, Marcelo Matsumoto, Enrico Bernard, Eduardo Martins Venticinque
      Pages 429-443
    4. José Maria Cardoso da Silva, Luis Cláudio Fernandes Barbosa, Luiz Paulo de Souza Pinto, Courtney Marie Chennault
      Pages 445-458
  7. Conclusions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 459-459
    2. Marcelo Tabarelli, Inara R. Leal, Fabio Rubio Scarano, José Maria Cardoso da Silva
      Pages 461-474
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 475-482

About this book


This book provides in-depth information on Caatinga’s geographical boundaries and ecological systems, including plants, insects, fishes, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals. It also discusses the major threats to the region’s socio-ecological systems and includes chapters on climate change and fast and large-scale land-use changes, as well as slow and small-scale changes, also known as chronic human disturbances. Subsequent chapters address sustainable agriculture, conservation systems, and sustainable development. Lastly, the book proposes 10 major actions that could enable the transformation of Caatinga into a place where people and nature can thrive together.


“I consider this book an excellent example of how scientists worldwide can mobilize their efforts to propose sound solutions for one of the biggest challenges of modern times, i.e., how to protect the world’s natural ecosystems while improving human well-being. I am sure this book will inspire more research and conservation action in the region and perhaps encourage other groups of scientists to produce similar syntheses about their regions.”


Russell Mittermeier, Ph.D. Executive Vice-Chair, Conservation International


Ecology Botany Biodiversity Ecosystem Sustainable Development Caatinga Dry Forest

Editors and affiliations

  • José Maria Cardoso da Silva
    • 1
  • Inara R. Leal
    • 2
  • Marcelo Tabarelli
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of GeographyUniversity of MiamiMiamiUSA
  2. 2.Department of BotânicaUniversidade Federal de PernambucoRecifeBrazil

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