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Hope for threatened tropical biodiversity: lessons from the Philippines


Posa, MR and Diesmos, AC and Sodhi, NS and Brooks, TM, Hope for threatened tropical biodiversity: lessons from the Philippines, Bioscience, 58, (3) pp. 231-240. ISSN 0006-3568 (2008) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1641/B580309


The Philippines is a megadiverse country, but it is also often seen as a country of ecological ruin whose biodiversity is on the verge of collapse. Decades of environmental neglect have pushed ecosystems to their limit, often with deadly repercussions for the human population. Is conservation in the Philippines a lost cause? We review current conservation efforts, in the Philippines, considering the actions of academics, field researchers, local communities, nongovernmental organizations, the government, and other sectors of society. Remarkably, however precarious the present situation may seem, there have been some recent positive gains and signs of hope. Although there is no room for complacency, we conclude that the diversity of available indicators suggests that conservation in the Philippines, against many odds, shows signs of success, and thus deserves greater attention and increased investment.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords: conservation, indicators, biodiversity, Philippines, Southeast Asia
Research Division:Environmental Sciences
Research Group:Environmental management
Research Field:Environmental management not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Other environmental management
Objective Field:Other environmental management not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Brooks, TM (Dr Thomas Brooks)
ID Code:63913
Year Published:2008
Web of Science® Times Cited:50
Deposited By:Geography and Environmental Studies
Deposited On:2010-06-08
Last Modified:2014-01-02

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