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Culture and Biodiversity in Brazil

Brazil is home to one of the worlds richest biodiversities. Brazil is also one of the top
countries that established protective factors to conserve biodiversity. The Brazilian government
approved of protecting certain areas of the country. Brazil practices innovative frameworks as
they offer the community to participate in their conversation of biodiversity (Brazil). Today
Brazil has over 1,600 federal, state, and private conservative units that protect 16% of
continental territory, 0.5% of the marine area, and all together this area makes up for 1,479,286
square kilometers (IRCO). These conservations also help improve Brazils economy; Brazil
creates and organizes markets collected in conservations to help improve entrepreneurships,
tourism, and strengthening community-based chains (Blazing the Biodiversity). Natural land
conservation in Brazil contributes to a large part of Brazils biodiversity.
Brazil is also home to the highest number of terrestrial vertebrates and invertebrates of
any country in the world. These species tend to thrive in several of Brazils tropical and non
tropical forests (IRCO). New species are discovered almost every day in Brazil, while others go
extinct. Brazil also has the highest number of primates (77 different species), and freshwater
fish (over 3000 species) (Blazing the Biodiversity). According to the Convention on Biological
Diversity, Brazil claims the highest number of mammal species with 524 species, second highest
number of amphibians with 517 species, and butterflies with over 3,500 species. There are
large numbers of species living in Brazil due to its rich ecosystems and habitats for organisms to
live and thrive in.
Why does Brazils biodiversity matter? Brazils biodiversity matters because it plays a
huge part in defining Brazils culture. These natural conservatives are practically home to many

Brazilians. Living by a private conservation is a life style for many natives. Many people that live
by these natural conservatories respect and love the land they live on. They sometimes enjoy
their free time by cleaning up local neighborhoods, growing gardens, or enjoying the Brazils
natural beauty. A hidden fact about Brazils tourism is that close to half of the people that visit
Brazil want to see the wild life preserves, or natural land preserves (Brazil Environmental
Issues). Many of these tourists know that Brazil is home to one of the worlds richest
biodiversities. Biodiversity in Brazil also plays a role in religion. A semi common religion in Brazil
is Candomble. Candomble is an African derived religion that has made its way into several
different countries (Brazil Religion). Biodiversity plays an important part for Candomble
because they believe that all unique animals are a gift from god. Candombles believe in
protecting the environment and helping save Brazils endangered species. Candombles in Brazil
try to protect several jaguars that lurk the Amazon Rainforest (Religion in Brazil). There are also
many people who have jobs in Brazil that are directed towards protecting Brazils biodiversity.
The International Rainforest Conservation of Brazil is geared towards protecting natural
conservatories from major threats of biodiversity (IRCO). The major threats to biodiversity in
Brazil are: deforestation, acid rain, endangered species, and air pollution (IRCO). This is a way of
life for several Brazilians to wake up every morning and protect their environment.

Its great to hear that Brazil has a rich biodiversity and many cultures that help define
biodiversity. Several people have no idea that Brazil is home to one of the richest biodiversities
and a culturally diverse country. There is a positive correlation between culture and
biodiversity. People are all for helping the environment and saving the animals preserves. Its

also interesting to see different groups come together based on religion or occupation to help
protect Brazil from threats to biodiversity.

Sources:
Brazil Environmental Issues. (n.d.). Retrieved November 6, 2014.
International Rainforest Conservation Organizations. (n.d.). Retrieved November 6, 2014.
Brazil - Overview. (n.d.). Retrieved November 6, 201
Blazing the Biodiversity Trail in Brazil. (n.d.). Retrieved November 6, 2014
Brazil Religion. (n.d.). Retrieved November 6, 2014.