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How will oil palm expansion affect biodiversity?
Oil palm is one of the world's most rapidly increasing crops. We assess its contribution to tropical deforestation and review its biodiversity value. Oil palm has replaced large areas of forest inExpand
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Monitoring Matters: Examining the Potential of Locally-based Approaches
Monitoring of biodiversity and resource use by professional scientists is often costly and hard to sustain, especially in developing countries, where financial resources are limited. Moreover, suchExpand
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Biofuel plantations on forested lands: double jeopardy for biodiversity and climate.
The growing demand for biofuels is promoting the expansion of a number of agricultural commodities, including oil palm (Elaeis guineensis). Oil-palm plantations cover over 13 million ha, primarily inExpand
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Local participation in natural resource monitoring: a characterization of approaches.
The monitoring of trends in the status of species or habitats is routine in developed countries, where it is funded by the state or large nongovernmental organizations and often involves largeExpand
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The Asian Tsunami: A Protective Role for Coastal Vegetation
The 26 December 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami had major effects on coastal communities and ecosystems. An assessment of coastlines after the tsunami indicates that coastal vegetation such as mangrovesExpand
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Biodiversity redistribution under climate change: Impacts on ecosystems and human well-being
Consequences of shifting species distributions Climate change is causing geographical redistribution of plant and animal species globally. These distributional shifts are leading to new ecosystemsExpand
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Averting biodiversity collapse in tropical forest protected areas
The rapid disruption of tropical forests probably imperils global biodiversity more than any other contemporary phenomenon. With deforestation advancing quickly, protected areas are increasinglyExpand
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Plant and bird diversity in rubber agroforests in the lowlands of Sumatra, Indonesia
Plant and bird diversity in the Indonesian jungle rubber agroforestry system was compared to that in primary forest and rubber plantations by integrating new and existing data from a lowland rainExpand
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Does Monitoring Matter? A Quantitative Assessment of Management Decisions from Locally-based Monitoring of Protected Areas
Biodiversity monitoring is criticized for being insufficiently relevant to the needs of managers and ineffective in integrating information into decision-making. We examined conservation managementExpand
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Getting ready for REDD+ in Tanzania: a case study of progress and challenges
The proposed mechanism for Reducing Emis- sions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD+) offers significant potential for conserving forests to reduce negative impacts of climate change. TanzaniaExpand
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