PNAS | Global synthesis of conservation studies reveals the importance of small habitat patches for biodiversity

PNAS | Global synthesis of conservation studies reveals the importance of small habitat patches for biodiversity

Abstract
Island biogeography theory posits that species richness increases with island size and decreases with isolation. This logic underpins much conservation policy and regulation, with preference given to conserving large, highly connected areas, and relative ambivalence shown toward protecting small, isolated habitat patches. We undertook a global synthesis of the relationship between the conservation value of habitat patches and their size and isolation, based on 31 systematic conservation planning studies across four continents. We found that small, isolated patches are inordinately important for biodiversity conservation. Our results provide a powerful argument for redressing the neglect of small, isolated habitat patches, for urgently prioritizing their restoration, and for avoiding simplistic application of island biogeography theory in conservation decisions.
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HK |  End of the 1st semester – so why Hilary always talk about palm oil

HK | End of the 1st semester – so why Hilary always talk about palm oil

While I am still here searching for my answer, what I see now is that:

  • Palm oil is unavoidable.
  • The palm oil industry provides employment and livelihood for millions; however, it can also takeaway livelihood of others if not well developed.
  • It is an important economic development strategy for developing countries but has caused the loss of forests and biodiversity.
  • It is not the product (palm oil) but the way it is produced that we need to change.
  • How can we all play a role to inspire change? I think we need to set our target right by examining the root causes of deforestation and exploitation.

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Palm Oil Promo

Palm Oil Promo

Looking back on a week of hard work in cooperation with the Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Great discussions with local stakeholders like #BothEnds (the Netherlands), #FONAP (Germany) and #BASP (Belgium) on issues related to sustainable palm oil production. Thanks to all for their patience and experiences shared!