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Biodiversity conservation within a REDD+ framework: case of victoria-anepahan ranges in Palawan Islands, Philippines

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Over the past few decades, tropical forests, especially those located in Asia have faced high rates of deforestation. These forests are important sinks for above ground biomass (AGB) storage and reservoirs of biodiversity. Their continuing loss could potentially lead to exacerbated carbon emissions and large scale extinctions. Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD+) is a payment scheme which seeks to monetize carbon stocks retained within tropical forests, thereby encouraging countries not to log their remaining forests. REDD + schemes exclusively focus on monetizing carbon retention and it is being biodiversity conservation, maintenance of ecosystem services should also form an integral part of this framework. Our study is the first of its biodiversity value at regional scale in Palawan, Philippines to examine the spatial variation in these variables. We mined existing publicly available data repositories such as Google earth and databases of IUCN and BirdLife. These were used for developing an AGB storage and a biodiversity map of the study area. It was discovered that moderate amount of spatial congruence exists between areas of high AGB storage and species richness. Our findings are in sync with global scale meta-analysis which indicate that while areas of high AGB and high biodiversity can overlap, there may be situations wherein they don’t overlap. It is expected that our bottom-up landscape scale mapping endeavours will allow policy makers to actually visualize the variation of these parameters in a given landscape and facilitate conservation prioritisation.

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