There is a crucial truth behind all these issues. Provided that large enough areas of suitable habitats can be maintained through benefits for humans, including the joy of wild landscapes, species that have not become totally extinct can be restored to good numbers. It is the conservation of habitats that is critical. People who manage habitats sustainably, whether foresters, farmers or moorland interests, need to be encouraged and cherished rather than pilloried and hindered. Who are the other Habitat Heros?
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For more about livelihoods that conserve nature, visit the site of IUCN's group for Sustainable Use and Livelihoods.