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Conservation News: Save the Apes and You Save the Forests: Scientists

Developing primate conservation projects, particularly for great apes, can contribute toward the long-term health of forests and to carbon sequestration schemes, scientists contend. Ian Redmond, a tropical field biologist and conservationist, said primates and other fruit-eating animals were crucial to forests because of their role in seed dispersal. “Fruit-eating animals have been long known to play a very important role …

From the Forest

From the Forest:  Reflections on the Conservation Value of Research in Gunung Palung National Park,                          West Kalimantan, Indonesia                                                                                                        by                                                            Andrew J. Marshall I first went to the tropics in 1994 with a strong desire to help “save the rainforest.” I aspired to become a scientist who would discover important things about animals and plants, facts that would …

Conservation News Update: Preserving Peatlands Benefits Orangutans, Makes Economic Sense, Experts Say

BOGOR, Indonesia (13 January 2012)__Preserving peatlands carries more benefits for orangutans — the face of conservation efforts in Indonesia — than tropical forests on mineral soil and makes economic sense as their carbon values are higher than any other types of land use, experts say. The high water level in peatlands allow flowers and fruit to be available all year …