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Biodiversity is life

The world’s ecosystems provide environmental services we simply cannot live without. As an integral part of nature, our fate is tightly linked with biological diversity, i.e. the huge variety of animals, plants and microorganisms that live in mountains, forests, oceans, wetlands and other ecosystems. We rely on this diversity of life to provide us with essentials such as water, food, fuel and medicine. Yet each day an estimated 150 species disappear, many due to human activities.

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Forests to the fore


By Johannes Stahl
and Tim Christophersen

The convention on Biological Diversity and its forest agenda

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Worth more standing?


By Pavan Sukhdev

The economics of biodiversity and ecosystem services in tropical forests

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Sustaining the potential


By Jeff Sayer and Agni Boedhihartono

Applying the ITTO IUCN Guidelines for the Conservation of Biodiversity in Tropical Production Forests

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Greening REDD+


By Celia A. Harvey

Tools and measures for ensuring REDD+ provides biodiversity benefits

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The relevance of resilience


By Ian Thompson

A forest manager’s primer on linkages between biodiversity and forest resilience

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Ending empty forests


By Robert Nasi, Tim Christophersen and Caroline Belair

Management and sustainable use of wildlife in tropical production forests

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Unwelcome guests


By William J. Jackson and Geoffrey W. Howard

The threat of invasive species to tropical forests

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Recently funded projects

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Tropical and topical

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Recent editions

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Out on a limb

By Ahmed Djoghlaf and Emmanuel Ze Meka

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