New publication of Azorean Biodiversity Group shows that the Classification of some Azorean Protected areas have to be Improved
- April 20th, 2012
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Fattorini, S., Cardoso, P. Rigal. P. & Borges, P.A.V. (2012). Use of Arthropod Rarity for Area Prioritisation: Insights from the Azorean Islands. PLoS ONE 7(3): e33995. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0033995
Results suggests that protecting marginal non-natural areas which are however reservoirs of rare species may be also important, especially when areas with well preserved primary habitat are scarce.
IUCN levels of protection for the Azorean native forests not always gave the higher priority to the most important areas. This is the case of Pico Alto (Santa Maria), Atalhada (São Miguel) and Pico Pinheiro and Topo (São Jorge) that score high in BCC – SIE or BCC – AZE, but have only a level of protection IV or V in the Azores (see Table 1). Most of these areas are highly disturbed, but still maintain important populations of unique species. We suggest to increase the level of protection of Pico Alto (Santa Maria), Atalhada (São Miguel) and Pico Pinheiro and Topo (São Jorge)