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Audio: Is forest certification an effective strategy? Plus acoustic ecology of the Javan rhino

We take a closer look at the evidence for the effectiveness of forest certification schemes on this episode of the Mongabay Newscast.

The first installment of Mongabay’s new “Conservation Effectiveness” series was published on September 21st, taking a look at the existing body of research on the effectiveness of forest certification. Zuzana Burivalova, a tropical forest ecologist at Princeton, performed the analysis of the scientific literature on certification, and Mongabay staff writer Shreya Dasgupta did the addition reporting and wrote the article.

Burivalova appeared once before on the Mongabay Newscast for a Field Notes segment in which she played for us recordings of a variety of different habitat types in Indonesian Borneo. She joins us on this episode to discuss the results of her analysis of forest certification schemes.

Our second guest is Steve Wilson, who is currently completing his PhD at the University of Queensland and is also a land and biodiversity manager for the Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority in Australia, where he is a colleague of Jo Wood, who appeared on the Mongabay Newscast back in August.

Wilson and Wood have just written a paper on Javan rhino vocalizations together, and Wilson is here today to play us some of the recordings they’ve made. The critically endangered Javan Rhino is considered to be perhaps the rarest rhino in the world, with just around 60 animals believed to survive in the wild, all confined to Indonesia’s Ujung Kulon National Park.

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Nineteenth century illustration of a Javanese rhino. The species is so elusive few photographs exist. Image courtesy of the Biodiversity Heritage Library.

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