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The exceptional value of intact forest ecosystems

Watson, James; Evans, Tom; Venter, Oscar; Williams, Brooke; Tulloch, Ayesha; Stewart, Claire; Thompson, Ian; Ray, Justina C; Murray, Kris; Salazar, Alvaro; Lindenmayer, David B


As the terrestrial human footprint continues to expand, the amount of native forest that is free from significant damaging human activities is in precipitous decline. There is emerging evidence that the remaining intact forest supports an exceptional confluence of globally significant environmental values relative to degraded forests, including imperilled biodiversity, carbon sequestration and storage, water provision, indigenous culture and the maintenance of human health. Here we argue that...[Show more]

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Date published: 2018
Type: Journal article
Source: Nature Ecology & Evolution
DOI: 10.1038/s41559-018-0490-x


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