agroforestry

Rat-hunting macaques: a greener solution for rodent pest control in Malaysian oil palm plantations?

In the lush landscapes of Southeast Asia, oil palm plantations stretch across vast land, producing palm oil, one of the world’s most versatile and economically significant commodities. However, the cultivation of oil palm has long been accompanied by environmental concerns. In the quest for more sustainable practices, an unlikely ally has emerged from the depths of the rainforest: southern pig-tailed macaques.

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Traditional ecological knowledge: our heritage and our survival strategy

Ceren Kazancı and Soner Oruç are ethnobiologists, studying traditional ecological knowledge in the Western Lesser Caucasus at the Turkish-Georgian border region, one of the 36 global biodiversity hotspots of the world. Like other ethnobiologists, they recognize that indigenous peoples, traditional societies, and local communities are critical not only to the conservation of cultural and linguistic diversity, but also biological diversity.

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