Restoring a ‘Biological Desert’ on Borneo

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Science  31 Jul 2009:
Vol. 325, Issue 5940, pp. 557
DOI: 10.1126/science.325_557

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For 30 years in Indonesia, Willie Smits observed how one conservation project after another would fail without local community support. Finally, Smits hit upon a solution: An economic incentive for area residents became a cornerstone of his Samboja Lestari project, an ambitious effort to transform a clear-cut site in Borneo into a mix of agroforestry plots and orangutan habitat.