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Caro, T., J. Darwin, T. Forrester, et al. 2012. Conservation in the Anthropocene. >Conservation Biology 26: 185–88. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1523-1739.2011.01752.x Even though human activities dominate large areas of the earth, it is important to remember and plan for the many places and ecosystems where human influence is still minimal.
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Laurance, W.F., J. Sayer, and K.G. Cassman. 2014. Agricultural expansion and its impacts on tropical nature. >Trends in Ecology and Evolution 29: 107–16. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tree.2013.12.001 Agriculture and roads will have severe impacts on Africa’s ecosystems in the coming century.
Rudel, T.K. 2013. The national determinants of deforestation in sub-Saharan Africa. >Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B 368: 20120405. https://doi.org/10.1098/rstb.2012.0405 One manuscript in a special issue on deforestation in Africa; other manuscripts in this issue are also worth scanning.
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Ykhanbai, H., R. Garg, A. Singh, et al. 2014. >Conservation and “>Land Grabbing”> in Rangelands:> Part of the Problem or Part of the Solution? (Rome: International Land Coalition). http://pubs.iied.org/pdfs/G03853.pdf Conservation biologists should work with local communities to prevent land grabs.