Conservation biology in asia: The major policy challenges

Jeffrey A. McNeely, Promila Kapoor-Vijay, Lu Zhi, Linda Olsvig-Whittaker, Kashif M. Sheikh, Andrew T. Smith

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With about half the world's human population and booming economies, Asia faces numerous challenges to its biodiversity. The Asia Section of the Society for Conservation Biology has identified some key policy issues in which significant progress can be made. These include developing new sources of funding for forest conservation; identifying potential impacts of energy alternatives on the conservation of biodiversity; curbing the trade in endangered species of plants and animals; a special focus on the conservation of mountain biodiversity; enhancing relevant research; ensuring that conservation biology contributes to major international conventions and funding mechanisms; using conservation biology to build a better understanding of zoonotic diseases; more effectively addressing human-animal conflicts; enhancing community-based conservation; and using conservation biology to help address the pervasive water-deficit problems in much of Asia. These challenges can be met through improved regional cooperation among the relevant stakeholders.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)805-810
Number of pages6
JournalConservation Biology
Issue number4
StatePublished - Aug 2009


  • Asia
  • Bosques
  • Comercio de vida silvestres
  • Conflicto humano-animal
  • Economía

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Ecology
  • Nature and Landscape Conservation


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