Part I Introduction: Chapter 1: The Caatinga: understanding the challenges -- Part II Biodiversity: Chapter 2: Diversity and evolution of the flowering plants of the Caatinga Domain -- Chapter 3: Ants of the Caatinga: diversity, biogeography and functional responses to anthropogenic disturbance and climate change -- Chapter 4: Diversity, distribution and conservation of the Caatinga fishes: advances and challenges -- Chapter 5: Ecology, biogeography and conservation of amphibians of the Caatinga -- Chapter 6: Species composition, biogeography and conservation of the Caatinga Lizards -- Chapter 7: The avifauna of the Caatinga: biogeography, ecology, and conservation -- Chapter 8: Mammals of the Caatinga: diversity, ecology, biogeography and conservation -- Chapter 9: Plant-animal interactions in the Caatinga: overview and perspectives -- Part III Ecosystem Services: Chapter 10: Water as capital and its uses in the Caatinga -- Chapter 11: People and natural resources in the Caatinga -- Chapter 12: Cultural Services in the Caatinga -- Part IV Threats: Chapter 13: Human impacts on the Caatinga -- Chapter 14: The socioecology of the Caatinga: understanding how natural resource use shapes an ecosystem -- Chapter 15: Future climate change in the Caatinga -- Part V Solutions: Chapter 16: Sustainable agricultural uses in the Caatinga -- Chapter 17: Conservation opportunities in the Caatinga -- Chapter 18: Sustainable development in the Caatinga -- Part VI Conclusions: Chapter 19: The future of the Caatinga -- .
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..