30 Jun '14, 9pm

Malaysian citizens want govt to spend more to save native rainforests

Malaysian citizens want govt to spend more to save native rainforests

We'll pay more: governments in developing countries spend far less on tropical forest conservation than their citizens would like Rainforest in Malaysian Borneo. Photos by Rhett A. Butler. As developing countries reach upper middle income (UMI) status, their populations are willing to pay increasing amounts toward tropical forest conservation, yet government spending on these programs lags far behind, concludes Jeffrey Vincent of Duke University and colleagues in a study available today in the PNAS Online Early Edition. UMI countries contain some four-fifths of remaining tropical primary forest, and nearly half of the threatened endemic species found in tropical countries. Primary forests--those unaffected by humans--are disappearing three times faster than forests globally. However, international conventions and treaties have largely failed to meet their target goals in r...

Full article: http://news.mongabay.com/2014/0629-lbell-citizens-willing...

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