Tropical forests in southeast Asia are under threat from oil-palm growers. This is an opportunity to combine sustainable economic growth with biodiversity conservation, argue Lian Pin Koh and David S. Wilcove.
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Koh, L., Wilcove, D. Cashing in palm oil for conservation. Nature 448, 993–994 (2007). https://doi.org/10.1038/448993a
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