Navjot's nightmare revisited: logging, agriculture, and biodiversity in Southeast Asia

Wilcove, David S., Giam, Xingli, Edwards, David P., Fisher, Brendan, and Koh, Lian Pin (2013) Navjot's nightmare revisited: logging, agriculture, and biodiversity in Southeast Asia. Trends in Ecology & Evolution, 28 (9). pp. 531-540.

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Abstract

In 2004, Navjot Sodhi and colleagues warned that logging and agricultural conversion of Southeast Asia's forests were leading to a biodiversity disaster. We evaluate this prediction against subsequent research and conclude that most of the fauna of the region can persist in logged forests. Conversely, conversion of primary or logged forests to plantation crops, such as oil palm, causes tremendous biodiversity loss. This loss is exacerbated by increased fire frequency. Therefore, we conclude that preventing agricultural conversion of logged forests is essential to conserving the biodiversity of this region. Our analysis also suggests that, because Southeast Asian forests are tightly tied to global commodity markets, conservation payments commensurate with combined returns from logging and subsequent agricultural production may be required to secure long-term forest protection.

Item ID: 30012
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1872-8383
Keywords: extinction, deforestation, oil palm, forest degradation, Southeast Asia
Funders: High Meadows Foundation
Date Deposited: 30 Oct 2013 09:43
FoR Codes: 05 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050202 Conservation and Biodiversity @ 100%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9608 Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity > 960899 Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity of Environments not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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