Protecting biodiversity could be key to keeping forests standing in the long term

14 October 2014

When it comes to conserving tropical forests and the carbon stored within them in order to prevent climate change, the role of forest animals may be too important to ignore.

A new paper authored by scientists at Fauna & Flora International (FFI) gathers evidence which suggests that failure to protect biodiversity – particularly large mammals – could negatively affect tropical forests in the long term. One of the biggest threats comes from hunting, which can reduce tree survival and decrease forest resilience to climate change, disease and fires.

The paper, published in Oryx – The International Journal of Conservation, highlights the importance of biodiversity conservation to one of today's key approaches to protecting forests and preventing greenhouse gas emissions: REDD+.

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