Biodiversity state and trends in Southeast Asia

Koh, Lian P., Kettle, Chris J., Sheil, Douglas, Lee, Tien M., Giam, Xingli, Gibson, Luke, and Clements, Gopalasamy R. (2013) Biodiversity state and trends in Southeast Asia. In: Levin, Simon A., (ed.) Encyclopedia of Biodiversity. Encyclopedia of Biodiversity, 1 . Elsevier, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, pp. 509-527.

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Southeast Asia, which encompasses four biodiversity hotspots (Indo-Burma, Sundaland, the Philippines, and Wallacea), is a region of remarkably high biodiversity. Much of the region's flora and fauna is not found elsewhere in the world (endemic). Unfortunately, this region has been experiencing widespread and rapid deforestation and forest degradation over the last few decades, driven primarily by industrial agriculture, such as oil palm development. In this article, the authors discuss the status of key natural ecosystems and taxonomic groups. Additionally, they highlight the major threats to biodiversity as well as the challenges and opportunities for conservation in this region.

Item ID: 29809
Item Type: Book Chapter (Research - B1)
ISBN: 978-0-12-384720-1
Keywords: biodiversity; climate change; conservation; deforestation; forest degradation; forest fires; governance; monoculture; protected area; REDD; tropical ecology; wildlife
Date Deposited: 15 Oct 2013 23:54
FoR Codes: 05 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050202 Conservation and Biodiversity @ 100%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9609 Land and Water Management > 960906 Forest and Woodlands Land Management @ 100%
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