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Surprise! Biodiversity And Resource Use May Co-exist In Tropical Forests

New research finds that contrary to popular belief, the biodiversity of a tropical forest may be conserved while its resources are used to support local household livelihoods. But biodiversity and resource use are most likely to successfully co-exist in forests that are managed under systems where forest users and communities can provide input.These study results imply that one important way for governments to simultaneously promote biodiversity and forest-based livelihoods is to formalize the rights of local people to contribute to rulemakings on the management and use of local forests.

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