Restoring a 'biological desert' on borneo

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For 30 years in Indonesia, Willie Smits observed how one conservation project after another would fail without local community support. Finally, Smits hit upon a solution: An economic incentive for area residents became a cornerstone of his Samboja Lestari project, an ambitious effort to transform a clear-cut site in Borneo into a mix of agroforestry plots and orangutan habitat.

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  • Dennis Normile

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