PELD Coral Coast Alagoas - Brazil
PELD Coral Coast Alagoas
Area management/restriction/regulation zones and reporting units
marine protected area
The Site comprises the Coastal Alagoas State portion of the Marine Protected Area Coral Coast (APACC), starting at the mouth of the Meirin River (Maceió, geographical coordinates: 9 ° 32'51 "S and 35 ° 36'59" W), following the preamar meanline, in the general northeasterly direction, bypassing and including the mangroves in all their extension to the left margin of the Persinunga River, on the border between Alagoas and Pernambuco States, geographical coordinates: 8 ° 54'49.04 "S and 35 ° 9'10.13" W, and advancing towards the direction of the Atlantic Ocean to the limit of the 10m isobath, according to the bathymetric chart of the Brazilian Navy. In this section, we can find significant samples of the main ecosystemic features present in APACC: estuaries, beach formations, marine angiosperm meadows, coralline reefs, and beach rocks.
General Characteristics, Purpose, History
The overall purpose of the site is to develop an integrated system of long-term monitoring of the essential ecological and social processes in the socio-ecological system of the Marine Protected Area Coral Coast (APACC), AL. We aim to detect temporal patterns (seasonal and long-term) and spatial (between different ecosystems and management areas) in the structure of ecosystems considered as components (estuaries, beaches, seagrass meadows, reefs). Also, quantify and monitor ecosystem functions that influence the structure and dynamics of biological communities considering those components. Another objective is to identify the determinants of anthropogenic and natural threats that cause degradation of the structure and function of coastal ecosystems and zones of management at the APACC. We aim to identify and measure social welfare indicators of the populations and users around the protected area to continuously evaluate the APACC governance and management strategies. Also, to promote the empowerment of users of the area for their sustainable use, minimizing conflicts of use arising from the diversity of users and socio-economic interests present in the area, by improving communication systems, dissemination and exchange of manager-researcher-society experiences.
The site was created in December 2016 as part of the National Research Council (CNPq) Long-Term Ecological Program ( PELD). It is located at the biggest coastal marine protected Area in Brazil, between the Pernambuco and Alagoas State. However, this specific site area encompasses only the Alagoas State coast.
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