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Abdon L. Schmitt: Southern Brazil Agroecology

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Brazil’s Atlantic Forest is a biodiversity hotspot harboring more threatened and endangered species than any other Brazilian ecosystem. Only substantial conservation and restoration can reduce the threat of catastrophic extinctions. In this Gund Tea Abdon discusses how payments for ecosystem services (PES) for restoration activities might facilitate restoration while keeping small farms viable. He also discusses how small farmers can adopt agroecology practices ranging from Voisin grazing systems and silvopastoral management to agroforestry in riparian zones, which can help protect and restore critical natural capital while enhancing farmers’ income.

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