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Hotspots for People: A New Conservation Strategy

Should conservation work in places where biodiversity isn’t high but the benefits to people would be? Haiti, El Salvador, Bangladesh and other countries make a strong case, argues Beth Tellman.

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An Ounce of Prevention Worth a Pound of Cure? Not for Poverty and Conservation

When a conservation project focuses on “poverty,” should it focus on poverty reduction, poverty prevention, or both? Social scientist Craig Leisher argues that we should focus on poverty reduction wherever the natural resources are heavily degraded…and poverty prevention wherever they are not.

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Quick Study: Do REDD+ Projects Benefit People as Well as Forests?

They often provide modest but tangible benefits to local communities–and don’t encourage land grabs, says a new article co-authored by the Conservancy’s senior advisor on forests and climate. But challenges remain to meaningful community participation in these projects.

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Parasites, Poverty and Biodiversity

Conservationists lamenting the diminished focus on biodiversity in an increasingly ecosystem service dominated field can take succour from a study by Matthew Bonds and colleagues published in PLoS Biology.

The interesting take-home, which is actually a side event in the paper, is that the loss of biodiversity (species richness of plants, mammals, and birds), increases the burden of vector-borne parasitic diseases amongst a country’s human population, which in turn increases poverty.

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Forest Dilemmas

Too many deer. Logging one tree to save another. Beavers versus old growth. Welcome to forest conservation in the Anthropocene. Beginning Monday, July 21, join us for a provocative 5-part series exploring the full complexity facing forest conservation in the eastern United States.

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