Global drivers of change across tropical savannah ecosystems and insights into their management and conservation

  title={Global drivers of change across tropical savannah ecosystems and insights into their management and conservation},
  author={Brooke A. Williams and James E. M. Watson and Hawthorne L. Beyer and Hedley S Grantham and Jeremy S. Simmonds and Silvia J. Alvarez and Oscar Venter and Bernardo B. N. Strassburg and Rebecca K. Runting},
  journal={Biological Conservation},



Response: Where Might We Find Ecologically Intact Communities?

Wildlife Conservation Society, Global Conservation Program, Bronx, NY, United States, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) Land and Water, Canberra, ACT, Australia,

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On the problems and promises of savanna fire regime change

  • P. Laris
  • Environmental Science
    Nature communications
  • 2021
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People have shaped most of terrestrial nature for at least 12,000 years

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Where Might We Find Ecologically Intact Communities?

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To be more successful after 2020, area-based conservation must contribute more effectively to meeting global biodiversity goals-ranging from preventing extinctions to retaining the most-intact ecosystems-and must better collaborate with the many Indigenous peoples, community groups and private initiatives that are central to the successful conservation of biodiversity.