Combat poverty while conserving great ape habitats – scientists

Reshaping international policies that protect both great apes and the livelihoods of people living alongside them are critical to finding a positive outcome for both,” says Terry Sunderland, a senior scientist with the Center for International Forestry Research. Picture Credit: Terry Sunderland

Reshaping international policies that protect both great apes and the livelihoods of people living alongside them are critical to finding a positive outcome for both,” says Terry Sunderland, a senior scientist with the Center for International Forestry Research. Picture Credit: Terry Sunderland

Biodiversity conservation projects created to save endangered great apes could also play a key role in poverty alleviation if local communities stand to benefit, according to researchers.

Chimpanzees, orangutans, bonobos and gorillas live in some of the poorest regions of Africa and Asia, and they are fast losing their forest habitats to such human activities as hunting, logging, agriculture and mining.

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