Can you hear the noise? Environmental licensing of seismic surveys in Brazil faces uncertain future after 18 years protecting biodiversity

TitleCan you hear the noise? Environmental licensing of seismic surveys in Brazil faces uncertain future after 18 years protecting biodiversity
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of PublicationSubmitted
AuthorsVilardo, Cristiano, and Barbosa André Favaretto
JournalPerspectives in Ecology and Conservation
ISBN Number2530-0644
EndNote Rec Number11803
KeywordsBiodiversity monitoring, environmental impact assessment, Environmental licensing, Marine biodiversity, Seismic surveys
Abstract

Marine Seismic Surveys are an important source of concern for marine biodiversity conservation worldwide. In Brazil, Environmental Federal Agency IBAMA has developed a considerably advanced mitigation/monitoring requirements package in 18 years of environmental licensing practice, with standardized guidelines since 2005. Adding to global efforts aiming at filling knowledge gaps over the impacts on biodiversity, IBAMA has been able to foster important marine research through environmental licensing requirements. Better communication of research findings to the international scientific community remains a challenge to be addressed. Nevertheless, current institutional and legal reforming initiatives jeopardize the evolution of environmental control of Marine Seismic Surveys in Brazil.