Over the past 50 years, South-East Asia has suffered the greatest losses of biodiversity of any tropical region in the world.
The study highlights the importance of natural forests undisturbed by humans – known as ‘primary forests’ – in sustaining tropical wildlife.
The study compares human impacts on biodiversity across the world’s key tropical forested regions, and the conclusion is very clear: “undisturbed primary forests are the only ones in which a full complement of species can thrive,” says
Professor Corey Bradshaw.
“Much has been made in recent years of the potential conservation value of disturbed and degraded forests – what we call ‘secondary forests’ “, says co-author Professor Barry Brook.
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