• 1 Departments of Zoology and Botany, 3529-6270 University Blvd, University of British Columbia, Vancouver V6T 1Z4, British Columbia, Canada.
  • 2 United Nations Development Programme, Bureau for Policy and Programme Support, Bangkok Regional Hub, Rajdamnern Nok Avenue, 10200, Bangkok, Thailand
  • 3 Faculty of Science, University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus, 43500, Broga, Malaysia
  • 4 ERE Consulting Group, 47630, Subang Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia
  • 5 Rimba, 4 Jalan 1/9d, 43650, Bandar Baru Bangi, Selangor, Malaysia
  • 6 South East Asia Rainforest Research Partnership, Danum Valley Field Centre, Po Box 60282, 91112, Lahad Datu, Sabah, Malaysia
  • 7 Department of Biological Sciences, National University of Singapore, 117543, Singapore
  • 8 World Wildlife Fund Malaysia, 7th Floor, Lot 138, Section 54, Jalan Padungan, Sarawak, 93100, Kuching, Malaysia
Conserv. Biol., 2016 10;30(5):950-61.
PMID: 26648510 DOI: 10.1111/cobi.12667


We examined the links between the science and policy of habitat corridors to better understand how corridors can be implemented effectively. As a case study, we focused on a suite of landscape-scale connectivity plans in tropical and subtropical Asia (Malaysia, Singapore, and Bhutan). The process of corridor designation may be more efficient if the scientific determination of optimal corridor locations and arrangement is synchronized in time with political buy-in and establishment of policies to create corridors. Land tenure and the intactness of existing habitat in the region are also important to consider because optimal connectivity strategies may be very different if there are few, versus many, political jurisdictions (including commercial and traditional land tenures) and intact versus degraded habitat between patches. Novel financing mechanisms for corridors include bed taxes, payments for ecosystem services, and strategic forest certifications. Gaps in knowledge of effective corridor design include an understanding of how corridors, particularly those managed by local communities, can be protected from degradation and unsustainable hunting. There is a critical need for quantitative, data-driven models that can be used to prioritize potential corridors or multicorridor networks based on their relative contributions to long-term metacommunity persistence.

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