Applied Biodiversity Conservation Linked to Sustainable Development in a Chaco Ecosystem in Northern Santa Fe Province, Argentina

By Natalia Biani, John Middleton and Marcelo Romano.

Published by The Sustainability Collection

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The Chaco biome is the second largest in area in South America, with a biodiversity only slightly inferior to that of tropical forest, but because of the range and intensity of human impacts it is considered one of the world’s critically endangered ecoregions. Although there are a small number of “paper reserves”, there is almost no area of Chaco in Argentina with effective biodiversity conservation on the ground. This paper describes a locally-based ecological reserve, “La Reserva Lagunas y Palmares”, near the community of La Gallareta, which features extensive monospecific stands of a palm, Copernicia alba. Results presented here show that palm distribution is significantly related to both flooding and fire regimes, which must be incorporated into management and development plans if the reserve’s distinctive characteristics are to be preserved.

Keywords: Argentina, Chaco, Copernicia alba, Intermediate Disturbance Hypothesis, Dispersal-assembly, Disturbance-dominated Ecosystem, Fire, Flooding, Landscape Dynamics, Palm Forest, Palmera, La Gallareta

The International Journal of Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability, Volume 2, Issue 7, pp.53-62. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.196MB).

Natalia Biani

Universidad Nacional de Rosario, Argentina

Ecosur - Centro de Investigaciones en Biodiversidad y Ambiente, Pasaje Sunchales 329, (2000) Rosario, Argentina. Facultad de Ciencias Agrarias, Universidad Nacional de Rosario, CC14 (S215ZAA), Zavalla, Santa Fe, Argentina. University of Texas at Austin, Section of Integrative Biology, 1 University Station, C0930, Austin, Texas 78712-0253, USA.

John Middleton

Brock University, Canada

Ecosur - Centro de Investigaciones en Biodiversidad y Ambiente, Pasaje Sunchales 329, (2000) Rosario, Argentina. Centre for the Environment, Brock University, St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada L2S 3A1.

Marcelo Romano

Centro de Investigaciones en Biodiversidad y Ambiente (ECOSUR), Argentina

Ecosur - Centro de Investigaciones en Biodiversidad y Ambiente, Pasaje Sunchales 329, (2000) Rosario, Argentina.

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