Logging and Tropical Forest Conservation

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Science  19 Jun 1998:
Vol. 280, Issue 5371, pp. 1899-1900
DOI: 10.1126/science.280.5371.1899

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The international community has experimented with a range of strategies to conserve biodiversity and curb tropical deforestation. But new logging investments in primary tropical forests, including those made in the name of "sustainability," are likely to do more harm than good. Conservationists should instead focus on more investments in protected areas and creative ways to prevent the spread of logging in these rapidly-declining ecosystems.