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Cashing in palm oil for conservation

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).

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