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Software Helps Australia Manage Forest Debate

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Science  18 Sep 1998:
Vol. 281, Issue 5384, pp. 1789-1791
DOI: 10.1126/science.281.5384.1789

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MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA-- A computer program to promote biodiversity is giving loggers and conservationists a chance to end their fierce fighting over forest reserves. The software, called C-Plan, puts a biodiversity value on each parcel of land and presents stakeholders with various packages that meet the conservation target. So far it has been used in two major sets of negotiations; a third exercise, involving a large swath of old-growth forest, has just begun.