Study: Most biodiversity hotspots lack formal protection in Borneo and Sumatra

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The Sundaland bioregion spans Borneo, Sumatra, Java, the Malay Peninsula and a myriad of smaller surrounding islands. Sundaland hosts one of the largest tracts of primary rainforest cover globally and, with it, some of the most important biodiversity hotspots in the world. Sumatra, part of Indonesia, and Borneo, shared by Indonesia, Malaysia and Brunei, face an increasing level of threat to their biodiversity from human activity, including deforestation for oil palm and timber plantations, as well as fires for land clearing. Between 2002 and 2019, Borneo and Sumatra alone lost the largest shar…

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