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IPAM's Biodiversity and Conservation Potential Maps
The biodiversity and conservation potential maps are important in identifying what areas that environmentally conscious producers can avoid during expansion.
The biodiversity potential map is an integrated map of habitat suitability for large mammals in the Xingu River headwaters region.It incorporates a map of potential habitat with maps and analyses of habitat fragmentation and other landscape-level measures likely to influence habitat quality for large mammals in the region.
The conservation potential map combines the agricultural suitability and biodiversity potential maps with a current map of forest and cerrado cover in the Xingu headwaters region to identify:
- the areas where large mammal habitat is likely to be most vulnerable to clearing, fragmentation, or inaccessibility due to the expansion of industrial agriculture;
- intact habitat areas that are highly unsuitable for agricultural activities and thus should be targeted for protection from agricultural expansion; and
- previously cleared areas that are highly unsuitable for agricultural activities and thus should be targeted for habitat restoration.