Addressing the threats to biodiversity from oil-palm agriculture

@article{Wilcove2009AddressingTT,
  title={Addressing the threats to biodiversity from oil-palm agriculture},
  author={David S Wilcove and Lian Pin Koh},
  journal={Biodiversity and Conservation},
  year={2009},
  volume={19},
  pages={999-1007}
}
  • D. WilcoveL. P. Koh
  • Published 10 January 2010
  • Environmental Science, Economics
  • Biodiversity and Conservation
Oil-palm agriculture is the greatest immediate threat to biodiversity in Southeast Asia. Despite the efforts of environmentalists, oil palm continues to expand across the tropics. Those concerned about the impacts of oil palm on biodiversity must face some harsh social, economic, and ecological realities: (i) oil palm has been a very profitable crop; (ii) palm oil is used in so many products that simple, direct actions, such as boycotts, are unlikely to succeed; (iii) there is currently… 

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