Knowledge for Development

Farming crucial for threatened species

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Date: 12/01/2012

Introduction:

A recent study by UK researchers at the University of East Anglia, School of Environmental Sciences, found that a number of threatened species in the developing world are entirely dependent on human agriculture for their survival and that many species, rather than just using farmland to supplement their natural habitat, would actually be driven to extinction without it. Conserving biodiversity by supporting or mimicking traditional farming methods has long been a feature in Europe, but it has rarely been applied in developing countries. Where local communities are threatened by industrial agriculture, which often results in people being thrown off their traditional lands, conservation may be able to provide a win-win solution, helping to safeguard farming livelihoods for local people and for wildlife. In other cases, local communities could receive economic or development benefits in return for continuing valuable farming practices that benefit wildlife. (Physorg, 5/12/2011)

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