"Special Agricultural and Business Leases" imperil forests in Papua New Guinea

Laurance, William F. (2011) "Special Agricultural and Business Leases" imperil forests in Papua New Guinea. Pacific Conservation Biology, 17 (4). pp. 297-298.

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[Extract] THE native forests of Papua New Guinea (PNG) are among the most biologically diverse on Earth, with a high proportion of endemic species (e.g., Diamond 1973; Flannery 1995). They also constitute a major stock of terrestrial carbon (Melick 2010). These forests are being altered at a rapid rate, particularly by industrial logging and by the expansion and intensification of swidden farming as a result of substantial population growth (Shearman et al. 2009, 2011).

Item ID: 23895
Item Type: Article (Commentary)
ISSN: 1038-2097
Date Deposited: 22 Nov 2012 04:25
FoR Codes: 05 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050202 Conservation and Biodiversity @ 100%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9608 Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity > 960899 Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity of Environments not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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