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The End for Indonesia's Lowland Forests?

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Science  04 May 2001:
Vol. 292, Issue 5518, pp. 859-861
DOI: 10.1126/science.1061727

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Despite scientific consensus regarding the importance of the world's forests, the destruction of ecosystems and globally important biodiversity in some parts of the world increases without a concerted plan of action to stop the loss. Jepson et al. describe their recent experiences in protected areas and forest concessions of the Sumatra and Kalimantan regions of Indonesia. Illegal logging networks are seizing control of Indonesia's forests; timber plunder followed by forest clearance is rampant. The authors argue for a multiple approach adapted to local contexts, and briefly discuss some possible options.

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