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Restoring the Pacific Islands' rich agricultural traditions: an urgent priority

Thaman, Randolph R. (2007) Restoring the Pacific Islands' rich agricultural traditions: an urgent priority. Pacific Ecologist, 15 (2007/0). pp. 51-57. ISSN 1175-6543

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To conserve the Pacific Islands most vital biodiversity resources, the priority should be to protect and restore the rich agrobiodiversity and ethno-biodiversity systems that have served the peoples of the Pacific for thousands of years, reports Professor RANDY THAMAN. (Part one of a two-part article, part two in next issue of Pacific Ecologist.) There is an incredibly rich biodiversity in the Pacific Islands. Each island has its own unique biodiversity, agrobiodiversity and ethno-bio diversity inheritances, tailored to local environmental and cultural conditions. In the terrestrial Pacific Island environment, the most culturally important plant and animal species are normally found in active garden areas and agroforests, surrounding fallow and secondary forests in coastal forests, near settlements. (1) They are not normally found in virgin inland or Montane forests, where most local people rarely venture. These important species are also the best known and most highly threatened species and varieties.

Item Type: Journal Article
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
S Agriculture > SD Forestry
Divisions: Faculty of Science, Technology and Environment (FSTE) > School of Geography, Earth Science and Environment
Depositing User: Ms Mereoni Camailakeba
Date Deposited: 18 Jul 2007 08:42
Last Modified: 18 Jul 2012 08:43

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