Policy ForumConservation

Wildlife Harvest in Logged Tropical Forests

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Science  23 Apr 1999:
Vol. 284, Issue 5414, pp. 595-596
DOI: 10.1126/science.284.5414.595

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Commercial logging, by opening up remote tropical forest areas, stimulating a commercial trade, and bringing in people from other areas, has hugely increased the harvest of wildlife. This loss of wildlife threatens the ability of forest-dwelling people to feed themselves, the survival of harvested species, and the sustainability of tropical forestry itself. As commercial forestry has created the conditions for the increased wildlife harvest, regulatory mechanisms should focus on forestry operations. While progress has been slight to date, there is some openness within the industry to the idea of sustaining all elements of the rain forest ecosystem, including wildlife, when forests are logged.