A Modest Proposal for Wealthy Countries to Reforest Their Land for the Common Good


  • Erik Meijaard,

    1. People and Nature Consulting International, Ciputat, Jakarta 15412, Indonesia
    2. School of Biological Sciences, University of Queensland, Brisbane, QLD 4072, Australia
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  • Douglas Sheil

    1. Institute of Tropical Forest Conservation, Mbarara University of Science and Technology, PO Box 44, Kabale, Uganda
    2. Center for International Forestry Research, PO Box 0113 BOCBD, Bogor 16000, Indonesia
    3. School of Environmental Science and Management, Southern Cross University, PO Box 157, Lismore, NSW 2480, Australia
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We discuss a recent press release calling on wealthy countries to do more to combat climate change and protect their biodiversity. We examine some further examples of how questionable views are imposed unilaterally on conservation problems. Until we better engage with local perspectives we shall be less credible and less effective as conservationists.