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Southeast Asian biodiversity: an impending disaster

Sodhi, Navjot S., Koh, Lian Pin, Brook, Barry W. and Ng, P. K. L. (2004). Southeast Asian biodiversity: an impending disaster. Trends in Ecology and Evolution,19(12):654-660.

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Title Southeast Asian biodiversity: an impending disaster
Author Sodhi, Navjot S.
Koh, Lian Pin
Brook, Barry W.
Ng, P. K. L.
Journal Name Trends in Ecology and Evolution
Publication Date 2004
Volume Number 19
Issue Number 12
ISSN 0169-5347   (check CDU catalogue open catalogue search in new window)
Scopus ID 2-s2.0-8144225130
Start Page 654
End Page 660
Total Pages 7
Place of Publication London, England
Publisher Elsevier
HERDC Category C1 - Journal Article (DEST)
Abstract Southeast Asia has the highest relative rate of deforestation of any major tropical region, and could lose three quarters of its original forests by 2100 and up to 42% of its biodiversity. Here, we report on the current state of its biota and highlight the primary drivers of the threat of extinction now faced by much of the unique and rich fauna and flora of the region. Furthermore, the known impacts on the biodiversity of Southeast Asia are likely to be just the tip of the iceberg, owing to the paucity of research data. The looming Southeast Asian biodiversity disaster demands immediate and definitive actions, yet such measures continue to be constrained by socioeconomic factors, including poverty and lack of infrastructure. Any realistic solution will need to involve a multidisciplinary strategy, including political, socioeconomic and scientific input, in which all major stakeholders (government, non-government, national and international organizations) must participate.
Keywords rain-forest
tropical deforestation
peninsular malaysia
dipterocarp forest
species richness
lowland forests
wild meat
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