Wednesday, January 04, 2012

Traditional farming 'can save threatened species'

A study has found that traditional farming methods are crucial for protecting a number of threatened bird species in the developing world, including bustards, cranes, ibises and vultures .The study found 29 bird species threatened by the decline of traditional agriculture in developing countries. This number could be much higher if all organisms, rather than just birds, are considered, as evidence from Europe suggests that traditional farming also benefits reptiles, amphibians, butterflies and even plants. Farmers can benefit too from protecting biodiversity since it helps to justify traditional agriculture and could prevent big agri-businesses from forcing farmers off their land. Also, by offering farmers economic incentives to continue these beneficial practices, governments can ensure that conservation and development move forward together. Link to article available here.

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