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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

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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]

dc.contributor.authorWatson, James
dc.contributor.authorEvans, Tom
dc.contributor.authorVenter, Oscar
dc.contributor.authorWilliams, Brooke
dc.contributor.authorTulloch, Ayesha
dc.contributor.authorStewart, Claire
dc.contributor.authorThompson, Ian
dc.contributor.authorRay, Justina C
dc.contributor.authorMurray, Kris
dc.contributor.authorSalazar, Alvaro
dc.contributor.authorLindenmayer, David B
dc.date.accessioned2020-01-23T23:33:31Z
dc.identifier.issn2397-334X
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/199573
dc.description.abstractAs 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 maintaining and, where possible, restoring the integrity of dwindling intact forests is an urgent priority for current global efforts to halt the ongoing biodiversity crisis, slow rapid climate change and achieve sustainability goals. Retaining the integrity of intact forest ecosystems should be a central component of proactive global and national environmental strategies, alongside current efforts aimed at halting deforestation and promoting reforestation.
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdf
dc.language.isoen_AU
dc.publisherNature Publishing Group
dc.rights© 2018 Macmillan Publishers Limited, part of Springer Nature
dc.sourceNature Ecology & Evolution
dc.titleThe exceptional value of intact forest ecosystems
dc.typeJournal article
local.description.notesImported from ARIES
local.identifier.citationvolume2
dc.date.issued2018
local.identifier.absfor050211 - Wildlife and Habitat Management
local.identifier.absfor050202 - Conservation and Biodiversity
local.identifier.ariespublicationa383154xPUB9472
local.publisher.urlhttps://www.nature.com/
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationWatson, James, The University of Queensland
local.contributor.affiliationEvans, Tom, Global Conservation Program
local.contributor.affiliationVenter, Oscar, University of Northern British Columbia
local.contributor.affiliationWilliams, Brooke, The University of Queensland
local.contributor.affiliationTulloch, Ayesha , University of Queensland
local.contributor.affiliationStewart, Claire, The University of Queensland
local.contributor.affiliationThompson, Ian, Canadian Forest Service
local.contributor.affiliationRay, Justina C, Wildlife Conservation Society Canada
local.contributor.affiliationMurray, Kris, The Grantham Institute
local.contributor.affiliationSalazar, Alvaro, University of Queensland
local.contributor.affiliationLindenmayer, David, College of Science, ANU
local.description.embargo2037-12-31
local.bibliographicCitation.issue4
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage599
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage610
local.identifier.doi10.1038/s41559-018-0490-x
dc.date.updated2019-11-25T07:23:30Z
local.identifier.scopusID2-s2.0-85042540105
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