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Landsc. Archit. Front.    2017, Vol. 5 Issue (5) : 144-153     https://doi.org/10.15302/J-LAF-20170514
EXPERIMENTS & PROCESSES |
MORE THAN TREES
Mariana SIQUEIRA1, Isabel SCHMIDT2, Alexandre SAMPAIO3, Amalia ROBREDO4
1. Landscape Architect
2. PhD in Ecology and Assistant Professor at the Ecology Department, University of Brasilia
3. PhD in Ecology and Environmental Manager at Chico Mendes Institute for Biodiversity Conservation
4. Landscape Architect, Lecturer at The University of the Republic, Uruguay
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Abstract

Right at the center of Brazil, covering almost 22% of its area, lies the world’s most biodiverse savanna, the Cerrado. Despite of the richness and beauty of its flora, Cerrado’s landscapes are not as celebrated as the country’s rainforests, and tend to be neglected in cultural expressions.

Historically, ecological restoration and landscape design projects have considered only the trees of the biome, leaving behind grasses, forbs and shrubs that not only characterize the savanna, but also represent more than 60% of the diversity (close to 7,000 species) of the Cerrado, which hold many fundamental ecological functions.

This situation is now beginning to change. This article presents two interrelated projects, Restaura Cerrado and Jardins de Cerrado, which focus on different plant forms (herbaceous, woody and liana species) in restoration and gardening initiatives. Two experiments are conducted with efforts to explore new possibilities of understanding the Brazilian savanna and of working with it.

Keywords Ecological Restoration      Landscape Design      Naturalistic Planting      Native Plants      Savanna      Cerrado     
Issue Date: 29 November 2017
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Mariana SIQUEIRA,Isabel SCHMIDT,Alexandre SAMPAIO, et al. MORE THAN TREES[J]. Landsc. Archit. Front., 2017, 5(5): 144-153.
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