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Vegetation coverage in hydrographic basins in the central region of the State of Sao Paulo, Brazil/Cobertura vegetal nas bacias hidrograficas na regiao central do Estado de Sao Paulo, Brasil.

1. Introduction

The vegetation at the margins of water bodies around springs and in wetlands are known as riparian forests; that avoid erosion processes and siltation in watercourses (Pinto et al., 2005) by acting directly on the hydrological and terrestrial dynamics of the hydrographic basin. Aquifers, which represent large subterranean freshwater reservoirs, become increasingly important when surface waters from rivers and streams gradually lose their quality.

The conservation of preserved areas and recovery of vegetation coverage in places where they are degraded must be considered in environmental studies because vegetation plays important environmental functions in combating soil erosion that results from the impact of rainwater and harmful effects of pollutants (Goulart et al., 2012). Moreover, vegetation is essential to protect recharge areas in aquifers.

Environmental management actions directed to a hydrographic basin area must observe the natural characteristics of a particular area under planning, thereby ensuring the conservation and sustainable use of natural resources, and must be performed or mediated by the Government (Pires et al., 2002). Thus, understanding the concept and using the approach per hydrographic basins and sub-basins becomes relevant especially for managers and researchers.

This approach allows for a systematic identification and monitoring of relationships between anthropic actions and biotic and abiotic factors, enabling the preparation of suggestions to mitigate environmental impacts and ensure the sustainable use of natural resources (Leonardo, 2003; Mosca, 2003).

This study addressed the questions: What is the status of vegetation coverage and hydrographic basins in the municipality of Sao Carlos, located in the central region of the State of Sao Paulo? Are riparian vegetation areas and springs protected in this municipality? Does the existing vegetation coverage protect the aquifer?

Based on the presented conceptions and guidelines, data on vegetation coverage from the municipality of Sao Carlos, State of Sao Paulo (SP) were collected, organized, and analyzed; moreover, the interrelations of the existing forest remnants in the study area with the environmental quality of water resources in the hydrographic basins and its sub-basins were analyzed in the Guarani Aquifer System to be used as indicators for planning occupation and land uses.

2. Material and Methods

2.1. Area of study

The municipality of Sao Carlos is located in the central region of the State of Sao Paulo, between the coordinates 47[degrees]30' and 48[degrees]30'W and 21[degrees]30' and 22[degrees]30'S. It has a total population of 221,950 inhabitants and a territorial occupation area of 1,137.30 [km.sup.2]. The rural area covers 1,057.06 [km.sup.2] with a population of 8,889 inhabitants (IBGE, 2010).

This area is located in two Units of Water Resources Management: Tiete-Jacare Basin and Mogi-Guacu Basin (Pugliese et al., 2012). The municipality has lower drainage density of rivers and streams ranging from 0.6 to 1.7 km/[km.sup.2] due to permeability and slope average ranging from 0.1% to 22.4%.

The municipality of Sao Carlos is located in the Guarani Aquifer System (GAS), over shallow and deep subsurface water springs, within the range of three aquifers: Botucatu (Botucatu/Piramboia), Itaqueri, and Serra Geral. These aquifers may be free or confined by layers of basaltic rocks and are mainly resulting from the Serra Geral Geological formation (Perroni and Wendland, 2008).

According to Soares et al. (2003), the original vegetation composition in the municipality of Sao Carlos was comprised of 27% of savanna (savanna sensu stricto, short-shrub savanna, and wet meadows), 16% of arboreal savanna, 55% of semi deciduous and riparian forest, and 2% of semi-deciduous forests with Araucaria angustifolia. The same authors found that the vegetation coverage in this area was quite fragmented and impoverished at the time of their research, showing predominantly savanna with different physiognomies, seasonal semi deciduous forest, riparian forest, and vegetation in initial regeneration phase with very heterogeneous characteristics due to climatic and soil conditions or human interference.

2.2. Methodological procedures

The analysis of existing remnants in the municipality of Sao Carlos considered the hydrographic basin approach in three levels: the landscape in the municipality of Sao Carlos, landscape of the basin regarding the division of the territory in compartments in which they are inserted in the Mogi-Guacu Basin and Tiete-Jacare Basin, and landscape of the ten major hydrographic sub-basins in the main rivers in the municipality: Guabirobas, Mogi-Guacu, Araras, Cabaceiras, Quilombo, Chibarro, Monjolinho, Pantano, Jacare-Guacu, and Feijao (Figure 1).

The MAPINFO software was used for the physical diagnosis of hydrographic basins. The thematic maps (on a scale of 1:50,000) were built based on the database from the Digital Cartographic Collection in the Analysis and Environmental Planning Laboratory at the Federal University of Sao Carlos--LAPA/UFSCar.

Occupational typologies were delimited based on satellite images from the LANDSAT 5 TM sensor obtained at the National Institute for Space Research (INPE), path 220, row 075, on September 19, 2011, in false-color composition of bands 5 (red channel), 4 (green), and 3 (blue) with pixel resolution at 30 m, and contrasted by histogram equalization in each channel. The satellite image was recorded based in information contained in the cartographic base of the study area, composed by the articulation of Araraquara (IBGE, 1971a), Descalvado (IBGE, 1971b), Ibate (IBGE, 1971c), Luis Antonio (IBGE, 1971d), Porto Pulador (IBGE, 1971e) and Sao Carlos (IBGE, 1971f), as well as visual interpretation of the vegetation coverage typologies.

The preliminary demarcations of vegetation fragments were performed for the characterization of vegetation coverage in the municipality of Sao Carlos, provided by the Coordination of Biodiversity and Natural Resources (CBRN)/Environmental Secretary of the State of Sao Paulo/Sao Carlos (CETESB). These demarcations were obtained during the execution of supervisory assessments in annotated areas for monitoring vegetation coverage evolution in the municipality and region. This information was supplemented with the visual interpretation of satellite images through the software MAPINFO 10.0 and verified (for type of vegetation coverage) by using Google Earth, 2012 release.

Vegetation coverage was classified in five types: 1. conserved (remnants of savanna, mesophyl forests, riparian vegetation); 2. regenerating (in early succession stages); 3. mixed (sets of interconnected fragments by small deforested areas--pastures, barns); 4. potential for recovery (susceptible to anthropic occupation), and 5. green areas within the city limits. The division into sub-basins enabled the production of a map with the distribution of vegetation according to this classification.

The analysis of fragments by size (area) was based on Laurence et al. (1997), which defined three categories of fragments according to the perception of organisms and species. In this study, four categories were established: Class I (0 [less than or equal to] x < 10 ha), Class II (10 [less than or equal to] x < 20 ha), Class III (20 [less than or equal to] x < 275 ha), and Class IV (275 [less than or equal to] x < 1,400 ha).

The information used for map composition, showing recharge areas in the aquifer, were obtained from studies conducted by the Environmental Sanitation Technology Company of the State of Sao Paulo (CETESB) linked to the Environmental Secretary of the State of Sao Paulo. The analysis of the influence of vegetation coverage on the GAS recharge areas was performed using the vegetation coverage information overlaid with the map of geological formations (IPT, 1981).

The thematic maps of the permanent preservation areas and wellsprings (IBGE, 1971a-f) were overlaid with the vegetation coverage map, which provided quantitative data that were summed and later used to calculate the percentage of PPAs and wellsprings considering the sub-basin as management units.

The characteristics of vegetation coverage in the hydrographic sub-basins of Sao Carlos were evaluated by the Genebrino or Distantial method adapted for this case study by setting thresholds for the average between the best and worst situations encountered among the sub-basins in the municipality of Sao Carlos.

This method classifies the empirical value that is the most current value found according to their distance from the best possible situation. The results were divided into five ranges of better or worse condition: 0 to 20% (bad), 20 to 40% (regular), 40 to 60% (good), 60 to 80% (great), and 80 to 100% (excellent) (IPPUC, 2010). The indicators permeated all the study and consisted of the vegetation coverage percentage in the sub-basins, wellsprings, PPAs, recharge areas in the Guarani aquifer, and number of forest fragments.

3. Results

3.1. Typologies of vegetation coverage

In 2012, the vegetation coverage in the municipality of Sao Carlos (CV-Sao Carlos) expanded over 31,776.4 hectares (28% of the total area); of these, 19,561.7 hectares (61.6% of the total area) were located in UGRHI--Mogi-Guacu and 12,214.7 hectares (38.4% of the total area) in UGRHI--Tiete-Jacare. The typology of preserved vegetation represented 57% of the total area in the CV-Sao Carlos, and 38.9% of areas considered mixed.

The Jacare-Guacu sub-basin presents the lowest percentage of degradation of vegetation coverage and the highest percentage of preserved vegetation, whereas the Feijao sub-basin presents the highest level of degradation and the highest percentage of mixed vegetation among the ten hydrographic sub-basins in the municipality of Sao Carlos (Table 1).

The percentage of regenerating vegetation ranged from 0.1 to 8.2% in the sub-basins. The Monjolinho sub-basin, where the urban perimeter of the municipality occupies the largest area, has the highest percentage of these typologies among all other sub-basins, which demonstrates a concern for vegetation recovery in the landscape unit.

We observed that the percentage of area occupied by the preserved vegetation typology was high; however, it is restricted to basins with predominantly agricultural use (Table 1).

A total of 546 forest remnants were recorded in the municipality of Sao Carlos where 389 belong to Class I, 41 to Class II, 101 to Class III, and 15 to Class IV A similar trend in the distribution of fragments by class sizes was observed when the UGRHIs were analyzed separately.

3.2. Categories of vegetation coverage

Out of the total number of fragments in the municipality, 429 belong to UGRHI--Mogi-Guacu, among which, 311 belong to Class I and 11 to Class IV (largest size).

UGRHI--Tiete-Jacare has three sub-basins and concentrates a smaller number of fragments relative to UGRHI--Mogi-Guacu; this unit has a total of 118 fragments, 78 of which belong to Class I, 25 to Class III, and 4 to Class IV (largest size).

Fragments belonging to Class I (112) were predominant among the 154 surveyed in the Quilombo sub-basin. Five fragments (25.8% of the total of preserved remnants in UGRHI--Mogi-Guacu) belong to Class IV (largest size). The stream in the Araras sub-basin also stood out with a total of 135 fragments, with a predominance of 102 belonging to Class I and 3 to Class IV (12.5% of the total of preserved remnants in the same basin). The Guabirobas, Mogi Guacu, and Pantano sub-basins did not present fragments belonging to Class IV.

Fragments was surveyed in the Monjolinho sub-basin with a predominance of fragments belonging to Class I (44 fragments). Two fragments (11.2% of the total of preserved remnants in UGRHI--Tiete-Jacare) belong to Class IV (largest size). The Feijao sub-basin presented a total of 36 fragments with a predominance of 26 belonging to Class I and one belonging to Class IV (5% of the total of preserved remnants in the same basin). The Jacare-Guacu sub-basin totaled 15 fragments, with eight belonging to Class I and one to Class IV.

3.3. Vegetation coverage in recharge areas in the Guarani aquifer

The municipality of Sao Carlos has 58% of its territory in the recharge area of the GAS, also known as recharge area, of which, 28.3% present vegetation coverage (Figure 2).

UGRHI--Mogi-Guacu has 37.8% of recharge areas in the GAS, 61.6% of confined areas between basalt layers GAS, and 63.5% of vegetation coverage, while UGRHI--Tiete-Jacare has 20.3% of recharge area, 38.4% in confined areas, and 36.5% of vegetation coverage.

The UGRHI--Mogi-Guacu sub-basins presented the following panorama: the two sub-basins with the largest territories in the GAS recharge area were Guabirobas, with 89.4%, and Mogi-Guacu with 88% and 23% of vegetation coverage. However, Guabirobas had the lowest percentage of vegetation coverage (21%).

The Chibarro sub-basin presented the highest percentage of vegetation coverage (40.3%) with 58.2% in the recharge area; Cabaceiras presented the smallest recharge area (32%) and 31% of vegetation coverage.

In the Tiete-Jacare Basin, the Feijao sub-basin presented the largest territory in the recharge area (73%) and 32.4% of vegetation coverage; the Jacare-Guacu presented vegetation coverage percentage (49%) similar to the percentage of the recharge area (52%), and the Monjolinho sub-basin presented the smallest recharge area (47%) and smallest percentage of vegetation coverage (18.5%).

3.4. Analysis of the Permanent Preservation Areas in the municipality of Sao Carlos

The municipality has a total of 6,877.80 ha of PPAs (excluding springs) distributed in 10 hydrographic sub-basins where 3,528.04 ha (51.3%) present vegetation and 3,349.75 ha (48.7%) do not.

Mogi-Guacu Basin has 57% of PPAs and presented an average of 48.8% of vegetation coverage while Tiete-Jacare Basin presented 43% of PPAs and 49.4% of vegetation coverage.

The Guabirobas sub-basin presented the least degraded PPAs in its territorial extension with 60.7% of vegetation coverage. The Pantano sub-basin presented the smallest vegetation coverage (33.2%) (Table 2).

A significant portion of PPAs do not present vegetation coverage and are, therefore, environmentally vulnerable. The Pantano sub-basin presented 66.8% of PPAs without vegetation coverage, and the Guabirobas sub-basin has the smallest area without vegetation (39.2%) (Table 2).

3.5. Analysis of areas with springs in the context of Permanent Preservation Areas.

The municipality has a total of 686 wellsprings where 55% are without vegetation and environmentally vulnerable (Figure 1).

Mogi-Guacu Basin has 374 springs (54.5% of the total wellsprings), 26.4% of them with vegetation coverage. Tiete-Jacare Basin has 312 springs (45.5% of the total wellsprings), 18.5% of them with vegetation coverage (Table 2).

The sub-basins with springs with higher percentages of vegetation coverage in UGRHI--Mogi-Guacu were Guabirobas, with 100% of protected wellsprings, and Cabaceiras, with 64.5%, and Araras with 53.8%. The sub-basins with the smallest percentages of vegetation coverage were Pantano with 28.6% and Chibarro with 35.3% (Table 2).

The sub-basin with the highest percentage of vegetation coverage in recharge areas in UGRHI--Tiete-Jacare was Jacare-Guacu, with 59.3%; Feijao showed the smallest vegetation coverage (29.5%) (Table 2).

3.6. Relative environmental quality index in the studied hydrographic sub-basins

The Genebrino method described in the methodology allows the comparison of the percentage of vegetation cover between sub-basins. This method index highlighted the indicators that permeated the characterization of hydrographic basins in the municipality in relation to quality aspects of vegetation coverage based on the following analysis:

a) Percentage of areas with vegetation coverage: the Jacare-Guacu sub-basin was considered of excellent quality (100% coverage). Conversely, the MogiGuacu and Monjolinho sub-basins were rated as bad (0 to 20%). The Chibarro sub-basin obtained good rating (48%) and all the others were rated as regular;

b) Percentage of springs with vegetation coverage: the Guabirobas sub-basin obtained excellent rating (100%) while the Pantano and Feijao sub-basins received bad ratings with less than 1.3%, and the Chibarro, Mogi-Guacu, and Monjolinho were rated with less than 10% of quality. The Araras and Quilombo sub-basins received regular rating (20 to 40%) and Jacare-Guacu received a good rating (42.9%);

c) Percentage of PPAs with vegetation coverage: the Araras, Guabirobas, Quilombo, and JacareGuacu sub-basins obtained excellent ratings with indexes ranging from 83.5% to 100%; the Feijao sub-basin obtained good rating (75%), the Chibarro basin obtained good rating (53%); the Pantano and Monjolinho sub-basins were rated as bad with indexes from 0 to 17.5%; the remaining sub-basins were rated as regular;

d) Percentage of Guarani aquifer recharge areas with vegetation coverage: the Jacare-Guacu sub-basin was rated as excellent (100%), Chibarro was rated as great (72%), the Cabaceiras, Pantano, and Feijao sub-basins were rated as good, the Monjolinho and Guabirobas sub-basins were rated as bad, and all others as regular;

e) Percentage of forest fragments: the Quilombo and Araras sub-basins were rated as excellent. The Pantano, Guabirobas, Mogi-Guacu, JacareGuacu, and Feijao sub-basins were rated as bad, with indexes ranging from 0 to 16.3%; all others were classified as regular.

Thus, the overall Genebrino index in this municipality was 38.6%, which is considered at a regular environmental satisfaction level. The index rated the Jacare-Guacu sub-basin as excellent in quality (index of 100%), the Monjolinho and Mogi-Guacu sub-basins as poor (indexes from 0 to 20%), and all other sub-basins as regular (indexes ranging from 20 to 40%) (Figure 3).

4. Discussion

In 2012, the existing vegetation coverage considering the savannas, riparian forests, and mesophyl forests represents 28% of the total area in the studied municipality. The fragments of preserved, less degraded vegetation, identified in the total study area of 546 vary in size and may be distributed in four categories from 0 to 10 ha (389 fragments), 10 to 20 ha (41fragmentos), 20 to 275 ha (101 fragments), and 275 to 1,400 ha (15 fragments). The fact that the majority of the fragments fall in the first category demonstrates that interconnecting them and establishing ecological corridors could make them less vulnerable.

The fragments where vegetation is susceptible to anthropic occupation do not exceed 1.26% of the study area. The Guabirobas sub-basin has the highest percentage of such fragments, not exceeding 5.2%. It is noteworthy that, in this sub-basin, we identified an increased environmental vulnerability in relation to their occupation considering that it has just 60.7% of PPAs with vegetation and numerous fragments of class I subjected to degradation by agricultural expansion; additionally, the area suffers with edge effects and decreased species richness due to its isolation.

In this study, the adaptation of the methodology described by Laurence et at. (1997) allowed the perception that fragments up to 20 ha represent 71.2% of the total area while the largest fragments (Class IV) represent only 2.7% of the total area.

The vegetation coverage of the hydrographic sub-basins in the municipality of Sao Carlos is distributed as a mosaic of fragments with different phytophysiognomic aspects in a succession of differentiated stages. This vegetation coverage suffered significant anthropogenic interference with urban and rural expansion.

Among the ten sub-basins in the municipality of Sao Carlos, Jacare-Guacu, Monjolinho, Pantano and Quilombo present the least degraded vegetation coverage based on the largest percentage of preserved remnants. The Guabirobas and Feijao sub-basins are in critical condition and lack concrete protection strategies.

Considering the hydro-geological conditions of GAS, 58% of the municipality is in recharge areas with only 28.3% of vegetation coverage, which consequently increase polluting activities. Thus, the protection of this system as a whole depends on a territorial planning of land use with actions aimed at the recovery and protection of vegetation coverage.

The Jacare-Guacu sub-basin is cited in the Director Plan for the municipality of Sao Carlos, under the Law number 13,691 from November 25, 2005, as an area of predominant agricultural use. This fact is of concern because this is the most protected sub-basin in the study area. In addition, it is located in the recharge area in the Guarani aquifer and could be subjected to impacts related to soil management, fertilization, and pesticides use, which would aggravate the aquifer situation.

The degradation of vegetation formations should not be discussed without considering their integration in the context of land use and occupation as the result of disorderly expansion of agricultural frontiers, or inadequate agricultural practices (Rodrigues and Gandolfi, 2004). The absence of vegetation leads to removal of large amounts of soil during rainy periods, with total amount removed dependent on soil composition, ground slope, and rain intensity. Vegetation mitigates the impact of water on soil through mechanisms that hamper the power of raindrops facilitating its infiltration into the soil with increasing porosity favored by the leaf decomposition (Branco, 1995). This factor contributes to the supply of groundwater in a uniform manner throughout the year (Tauk-Tornisielo et al., 1995).

The results from the permanent preservation areas demonstrate the low percentage of areas with vegetation in the ratio between territorial dimension and vegetation coverage; this coverage percentage is very low in several sub-basins as shown earlier, indicating environmental vulnerability of water bodies in almost all sub-basins in the municipality.

The Guabirobas sub-basin presents the greatest percentage of vegetation coverage in its PPAs (60.7%); however, it is observed that the hydrographic network has lower drainage density compared to other sub-basins. Conversely, the Jacare-Guacu sub-basin has greater water density and a lower percentage of vegetation coverage (56.2%) compared to the other sub-basins in the study area.

The sub-basins have a vegetation coverage deficit ranging from 39.2 to 66.7% for the PPAs with respect to protection of surface waters, and thus, they do not comply with the legal regulations imposed by the Brazilian F orest Code (Brasil, 1965).

The results obtained with the Genebrino method can be used as an important tool to understand the dynamics of municipality expansion and could contribute to the adoption of measures for conservation, recovery, and monitoring of sub-basins to increase the satisfaction indicator indexes for vegetation coverage.

The municipality of Sao Carlos has 686 springs, which represents an average of 60 springs per [km.sup.2], and only 40% are protected by vegetation. The need for conservation and/or recovery of vegetation remnants and areas considered as environmentally vulnerable due to their proximity to water bodies or their topography is addressed in the Forestry Code (Brasil, 1965) and environmental municipal zoning policy through the Director Plan. However, a significant effort is still needed to ensure that the municipality meets this goal, although they are being proposed new forest code, still pending in Congress.

The Mogi-Guacu Basin has the most compromised situation regarding vegetation coverage in the studied municipality.

In Tiete-Jacare Basin, the Jacare-Guacu is the least compromised, and Feijao is the most compromised sub-basin.

Approximately half of the PPAs in the municipality of Sao Carlos require recovery measures.

Almost 72% of the recharge areas in the Guarani aquifer are compromised because of the low percentage of vegetation coverage and inadequate land use and occupation.

The Jacare-Guacu sub-basin has a Genebrino index of 100% in excellence for vegetation coverage while the Monjolinho and Mogi-Guacu sub-basins present unsatisfactory ratings. All other studied sub-basins present regular quality indexes. Our results show that the studied indicators are relevant guiding tools in planning land use and occupation.


The authors are thankful to doctors Jose Eduardo dos Santos and Joao Juares Soares for suggestions in the study; to the graduate program in Ecology and Natural Resources; to the Laboratory of Analysis and Environmental Planning (UFSCar) for aid in the treatment of images and creation of maps; to the National Institute for Space Research for providing satellite images; to the forest engineer Victor Emanuel Giglio Ferreira from the Coordination of Biodiversity and Natural Resources (CBRN)/Environmental Secretary of the State of Sao Paulo/Sao Carlos, for information about the fragments with existing vegetation in the municipality; and to the Paula Souza Center by the granting partial severance from teaching activities to the first author.


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Bertini, MA. (a) *, Fushita, AT. (b) and Lima, MIS. (c)

(a) Programa de Pos-Graduacao em Ecologia e Recursos Naturais, Universidade Federal de Sao Carlos--UFSCar, Rodovia Washington Luis, km 235, CP 676, CEP 13595-605, Sao Carlos, SP, Brazil

(b) Laboratorio de Analise e Planejamento Ambiental, Universidade Federal de Sao Carlos--UFSCar, Rodovia Washington Luis, km 235, CP 676, CEP 13595-605, Sao Carlos, SP, Brazil

(c) Departamento de Botanica, Centro de Ciencias Biologicas e da Saude, Universidade Federal de Sao Carlos--UFSCar, Rodovia Washington Luis, km 235, CP 676, CEP 13595-605, Sao Carlos, SP, Brazil

* e-mail:

Received: November 13, 2013--Accepted: March 13, 2014--Distributed: August 31, 2015

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Table 1. Classification of types of vegetation coverage in the
hydrographic basins in the municipality of Sao Carlos (in
hectares and percentages).

                         conserved                mixed

Sub-basins             ha         %           ha          %

Araras              2,640.40    49.2       2,480.17      46.2
Cabaceiras          1,311.69    60.8         772.91      35.8
Chibarro              652.69    55.5         474.02      40.3
Feijao              1,246.32    32.2       2,466.70      63.7
Guabirobas            475.10    35.7         756.31      56.9
Jacare-Guacu        3,571.70    97.1          18.61       0.5
Mogi-Guacu            515.23    67.5         458.45        30
Monjolinho          3,223.37    68.8       1,014.17      21.6
Pantano               298.15    67.0         139.51      31.4
Quilombo            4,104.18    50.8       3,808.76        47
Municipality       18,038.83    (57%)     12,389.61    (38.9%)

                        regenerating     potential for recovery

Sub-basins             ha         %            ha         %

Araras                122.18      2.3         126.06      2.3
Cabaceiras             51.84      2.4          20.29      0.9
Chibarro               38.37      3.3          10.84      0.9
Feijao                124.67      3.2          30.16      0.8
Guabirobas             28.30      2.1          69.40      5.2
Jacare-Guacu           85.46      2.3           1.49      0.0
Mogi-Guacu              1.71      0.1          35.93      3.6
Monjolinho            383.59      8.2          54.58      1.2
Pantano                 0.86      0.2           6.25      1.4
Quilombo              109.09      1.3             79      1.0
Municipality          946.07    (2.9%)        434.00    (1.4%)

                    Total per
                   sub- basin *

Araras                5,368.81
Cabaceiras              21,573
Chibarro              1,175.92
Feijao                3,867.84
Guabirobas            1,329.11
Jacare-Guacu          3,677.25
Mogi-Guacu            1,011.32
Monjolinho            4,675.71
Pantano                 444.78
Quilombo              8,101.03
Municipality         31,808.51

* Public green areas were excluded from this analysis.

Table 2. Percentage of Vegetable PPAs, Spring Areas and Spring
Number of Mogi-Guacu and Tiete-Jacare UGRHIs.

               % Vegetated  % Vegetable   Spring Number  Spring Number
                  PPAs      Spring Areas  UGRHI--Mogi-      UGRHI--
                                              Guacu      Tiete-Jacare

Araras            58.2          53.8           52             --
Cabaceiras        40.9          64.5           31             --
Chibarro          47.7          35.3           34             --
Feijao            53.8          29.5           --             95
Guabirobas        60.7          100             3             --
Jacare-Guacu      56.2          59.3           --             108
Mogi-Guacu        43.9          40.0            5             --
Monjolinho        38.1          32.1           --             109
Pantano           33.2          28.6           21             --
Quilombo          57.2          48.2           228            --
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Author:Bertini, M.A.; Fushita, A.T.; Lima, M.I.S.
Publication:Brazilian Journal of Biology
Date:Aug 1, 2015
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