Conservation Concessions: A new tool for biodiversity conservation in the tropics

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2002

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Conservation of biodiversity-rich habitats presents a challenge to nations wishing to develop their natural resources for economic ends. Logging, mining and other resource-development activities offer the prospect of tangible economic benefits but are often environmentally destructive. Although sustainable resource management seeks to provide these benefits while conserving natural ecosystems, experience suggests that a number of obstacles limit both the adoption of sustainable practices and their usefulness in conservation strategies.

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Deforestation, Sustainable development, Payments for environmental services, Tropical zones, Conservation easements, Conservation strategy, Forests, Biodiversity conservation, Conservation concessions, Sustainable resource management, Habitat protection, Market mechanisms, Ecosystem Governance

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Presented at "Direct Payments as an Alternative Approach to Conservation Investment: A Symposium at the 16th Annual Meetings of the Society for Conservation Biology," Canterbury, England, 15 July 2002