Forests in Kon Plong comprise dense jungles that are among the most biodiverse places in Southeast Asia.
Scientists say billions spent to monitor the wildlife trade and reduce deforestation would pay for itself in virus prevention.
Forests are finite resources and once they are gone they are gone for good.
In the next 50 years, it's likely to become too hot for some plant seeds to germinate in the tropics. That may reduce species survival.
Indonesia's PKH cash program keeps rural villagers from turning to forest resources in order to weather shocks.
More than 60% of mangroves have been lost within just two decades between 1996 and 2016, according to researchers.