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Cape Verde – The Natural History of the Desertas Islands: Santa Luzia, Branco and Raso / Cabo Verde – História Natural das Ilhas Desertas: Santa Luzia, Branco e Raso

By: Raquel Vasconcelos(Editor), Rui Freitas(Editor), Cornelis J Hazevoet(Editor), Moisés Borges(Foreword By)
307 pages, colour photos, colour illustrations, colour maps; includes CD-ROM
Cape Verde – The Natural History of the Desertas Islands: Santa Luzia, Branco and Raso / Cabo Verde – História Natural das Ilhas Desertas: Santa Luzia, Branco e Raso
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Language: Bilingual in English (in PDF format on CD-ROM) and Portuguese (the printed book)

The Natural History of the Desertas Islands represents the culmination of a project by the Cape Verdean Zoological Society entitled "Scientific Compilation (bulletin) on the Biological Diversity of the Desertas Islands – Santa Luzia, Branco and Raso in Cape Verde", funded by the Global Environmental Facility Small Grants Programme (GEF-SGP) in 2011 and supported by the National Directorate for the Environment .

This bilingual publication – the printed Portuguese version is available together with a digital English version – is a tool of scientific rigour, bringing together information on various aspects that have already been published, and others chapters containing material yet to be published, on the natural history of this remote and scientifically underexplored area that is included in this biodiversity hotspot.

Edited by Raquel Vasconcelos (CIBIO-InBIO, University of Porto), Rui Freitas (DECM, University of Cape Verde) and J. Cornelis Hazevoet (IICT, Tropical Research Institute), The Natural History of the Desertas Islands contains 10 illustrated chapters with a vast amount of scientific information validated by 19 internationally recognized experts. The book aims to provide basic information which, in addition to raising public awareness of the loss of biodiversity in this region, can guide the management of species on, and marine and coastal habitats in the Nature Reserves of Santa Luzia, Branco and Raso islets and the Marine Protected Area. It is also intended to stimulate decision makers and users of the Desertas Islands to safeguard its biodiversity.

Proceeds of the sales will revert to fellowships that the SCVZ (Cape Verdean Zoological Society) will give to Cape Verdean and European students and researchers to study the Desertas Islands.

Summary in Portuguese:
O livro História Natural das Ilhas Desertas constitui o culminar de um Projecto da Sociedade Caboverdiana de Zoologia intitulado “Compilação Científica (Almanaque) sobre a Diversidade Biológica das ilhas Desertas – Santa Luzia, Branco e Raso em Cabo Verde”, financiado pelo Global Environmental Facility Small Grants Programme (GEF-SGP) em 2011 e apoiado pela Direcção Nacional do Ambiente de Cabo Verde.

Trata-se de um instrumento bilingue – a versão impressa em Português é acompanhada por uma versão em Inglês em suporte digital – com rigor científico, que reúne os vários aspectos do conhecimento já publicado e outros ainda por publicar da História Natural desta área remota e cientificamente pouco explorada que está incluída num hotspot de biodiversidade.

Coordenado por Raquel Vasconcelos (CIBIO-InBIO, Universidade do Porto), Rui Freitas (DECM, Universidade de Cabo Verde) e J. Cornelis Hazevoet (IICT, Instituto de Investigação Científica Tropical), este livro contém 10 capítulos ilustrados com informação científica contundente validada por 19 especialistas de reconhecido mérito internacional. Através desta obra, pretende-se tornar disponível um conjunto de informações de base que, para além de sensibilizarem o leitor não especialista para a problemática da perda de biodiversidade nesta região, propiciem uma gestão de espécies e habitats marinhos e costeiros nas Reservas Naturais de Santa Luzia e Ilhéus Branco e Raso e Área Marinha Protegida, e ainda impulsionar os decisores e utilizadores das Desertas na conservação do seu Património Natural.

As vendas reverterão para a criação de um fundo para bolsas a serem atribuídas pela SCVZ (Sociedade Caboverdiana de Zoologia) a estudantes e investigadores Cabo-verdianos e Europeus para estudar as ilhas Desertas.

Contents

Foreword / Prefácio   4
Introduction / Introdução   6

1. Geography and Geology / Geografia e Geologia   14
2. Human Presence / Presença Humana   38
3. Current Circulation / Circulação de Correntes   62
4. Marine Biodiversity / Biodiversidade Marinha   82
5. Vegetation / Vegetação   120
6. Terrestrial Reptiles / Répteis Terrestres   140
7. History of the Iconic Giant Skink / História do Icónico Lagarto Gigante   178
8. Breeding Birds / Aves Reproductoras   206
9. The Raso Lark / A Calhandra do Ilhéu Raso   244
10. Introduced Species and Conservatio Measures / Espécies Introduzidas e Medidas de Conservação   276

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By: Raquel Vasconcelos(Editor), Rui Freitas(Editor), Cornelis J Hazevoet(Editor), Moisés Borges(Foreword By)
307 pages, colour photos, colour illustrations, colour maps; includes CD-ROM
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"[...] This book has been the combined effort of 19 internationally recognised experts. Apart from being a great distillation of facts, it is extremely well designed and illustrated. Proceeds of the sales will revert to fellowships that the Cape Verdean Zoological Society will give to students and researchers to study the Desertas Islands."
– Keith Betton, British Birds, May 2016

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