Navigation Links
Scientists challenge FIFA: Save the 3-banded armadillo

New research in Biotropica asks FIFA to follow through with its environmental claims. The 2014 FIFA (Fdration Internationale de Football Association) World Cup will be played in Brazil. Its "Football for the Planet" program aims to monitor greenhouse gasses, provide environmentally friendly stadiums, and better waste management. However, FIFA has not maximized this opportunity. In an article published in the upcoming issue, researchers challenge the role that FIFA and the Brazilian government play in protecting the environment, asking both to: protect 1,000 hectares of the critically endangered Caatinga ecosystem the natural habitat for its World Cup mascot, Fuelco - for each goal scored in the World Cup.

For the 2014 FWC in Brazil, FIFA has adopted the endemic Brazilian Three-banded armadillo, an endangered species, as its mascot. They named it FulecoTM by combining the Portuguese words for football ("futbol") and ecology ("ecologia"). The armadillo, when threatened, will protect itself by rolling up into a ball. The mascot plays an essential part in driving the environmental awareness of the World Cup.

Two species of Tolypeutes occur in Brazil, the endangered and endemic T. tricinctus and the lesser-known T. matacus. Although decreasing in population, there is no conservation plan for the species. The animal, and some 20 million people live in an area known as Caatinga, a tropical dry forest that once covered 845,000 square km in northeastern brazil that has been reduced in area by 53 percent. Despite being known as a biodiversity-rich region, the Caatinga is the least protected of the Brazilian ecosystems.

"Protecting the remaining Caatinga is extremely urgent. We want the choice of one of the Caatinga's most iconic species as the World Cup mascot to be more than just a symbolic one", says Jos Alves Siqueira, one of the paper's authors and a Professor at the Federal University of the Valley of So Francisco.

However, after the frenzy that centered around the Fuelco mascot fizzled, the environmental claims have not been fulfilled. The authors suggest steps that the federation and government can take to reaffirm their positions on providing an ecologically-friendly World Cup, such as promoting the 'Parques da Copa' project, protecting areas of the Caatinga, and instituting a conservation plan for the Tolypeutes tricinctus species.

"The Caatinga is a uniquely Brazilian ecosystem. By acting boldly and swiftly, FIFA and the Brazilian government could help save the Brazilian Three-banded armadillo and protect thousands of hectares of its habitat", says Enrico Bernard, another author also based at the Federal University of Pernambuco. "That would be the best goal scored this Cup."


Contact: Nicole Weingartner

Related biology news :

1. Arizona Sate University scientists take steps to unlock the secrets to the fountain of youth
2. Salk scientists reveal circuitry of fundamental motor circuit
3. Scientists propose amphibian protection
4. Scientists figure out staying power of HIV-fighting enzyme
5. Scientists discover endogenous dendritic cell-derived interleukin-27 promotes tumor growth
6. Two San Diego scientists elected to the National Academy of Sciences
7. Scripps Florida scientists reveal molecular secrets behind resveratrols health benefits
8. Scientists at the UA make critical end-stage liver disease discovery
9. Scripps Florida scientists find connection between gene mutation, key symptoms of autism
10. Microscopic organism plays a big role in ocean carbon cycling, Scripps scientists discover
11. Cell resiliency surprises scientists
Post Your Comments:
(Date:11/12/2015)... , Nov. 11, 2015   Growing ... reliable analytical tools has been paving the way ... qualitative determination of discrete analytes in clinical, agricultural, ... are being predominantly used in medical applications, however, ... environmental sectors due to continuous emphasis on improving ...
(Date:11/9/2015)...  Synaptics Inc. (NASDAQ: SYNA ), the leading ... into the automotive market with a comprehensive and dedicated ... consumer electronics human interface innovation. Synaptics, industry-leading touch controllers, ... automotive industry and will be implemented in numerous locations ... , Japan , and ...
(Date:10/29/2015)... Oct. 29, 2015 Daon, a global leader ... has released a new version of its IdentityX ... North America have already installed IdentityX ... includes a FIDO UAF certified server component ... to activate FIDO features. These customers include some of ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:11/25/2015)... ... November 25, 2015 , ... ... were featured on AngelList early in their initial angel funding process. Now, they ... for individuals looking to make early stage investments in the microbiome space. ...
(Date:11/24/2015)... Nov. 24, 2015 /CNW/ - iCo Therapeutics ("iCo" or ... financial results for the quarter ended September 30, ... Canadian dollars and presented under International Financial Reporting ... ," said Andrew Rae , President ... iCo-008 are not only value enriching for this ...
(Date:11/24/2015)... India , November 24, 2015 ... a new market research report "Oligonucleotide Synthesis Market by ... Application (PCR, Gene Synthesis, Diagnostic, DNA, RNAi), End-User (Research, ... 2020", published by MarketsandMarkets, the market is expected to ... Million in 2015, at a CAGR of 10.1% during ...
(Date:11/24/2015)... Nov. 24, 2015  Tikcro Technologies Ltd. (OTCQB: TIKRF) today announced that ... 2015 at 11:00 a.m. Israel time, at the ... Yigal Allon Street, 36 th Floor, Tel Aviv, Israel ... Paneth and Izhak Tamir to the Board of Directors; ... external directors; , approval of an amendment to certain terms of ...
Breaking Biology Technology: