Conserving biodiversity in production landscapes

A new study published in Ecological Applications has examined the contribution of production landscapes towards biodiversity conservation in East Kalimantan.

Location of East Kalimantan

Using the spatial prioritisation tool Marxan with Zones, Kerrie Wilson and colleagues find that by accounting for the contribution of different land uses towards conserving mammal species, a conservation plan can be achieved at a fraction of the cost of a plan which assumes that strict protected areas are the only tool available to conserve biodiversity.

Wilson, K. A., E. Meijaard, S. Drummond, H. S. Grantham, L. Boitani, G. Catullo, L. Christie, R. Dennis, I. Dutton, A. Falcucci, L. Maiorano, H. P. Possingham, C. Rondinini, W. Turner, O. Venter, and M. Watts. 2010. Conserving Biodiversity in Production Landscapes. Ecological Applications. 20 (6): 1721-1732. doi: 10.1890/09-1051.1