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A matter of survival: Pacific Islands’ vital biodiversity, agricultural biodiversity and ethnobiodiversity heritage

Thaman, Randolph R. (2008) A matter of survival: Pacific Islands’ vital biodiversity, agricultural biodiversity and ethnobiodiversity heritage. A matter of survival: Pacific Islands’ vital biodiversity, agricultural biodiversity and ethnobiodiversity heritage, 16 . pp. 55-61. ISSN 1175-6543

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Abstract

Biodiversity is the foundation for survival and sustainable development on Pacific Islands, with a high proportion of Pacific Islanders livelihoods coming from natural resources, writes Professor R. Thaman. But urbanisation and western development, deforestation, forest degradation, and loss of agrobiodiversity are proceeding at frightening rates, along with erosion of Pacific Islands’ sophisticated knowledge systems. Yet there’s great potential to reverse these trends. For food security and cultural and economic survival, the highest priority must be placed on preserving the ethno-biodiversity, agroforestry and agrobiodiversity models of Pacific Islands. This will require education and re-education to foster the understanding of existing trees, agroforestry systems and ethnobiodiversity before the knowledge dies out. The tools are in the trees and the dynamic existing traditional systems that have sustained Pacific Islanders over thousands of years.

Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: Part 1 of this article is available in Pacific Ecologist issue 15.
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General)
S Agriculture > S Agriculture (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Science, Technology and Environment (FSTE) > School of Geography, Earth Science and Environment
Depositing User: Ms Mereoni Camailakeba
Date Deposited: 18 Jun 2008 20:50
Last Modified: 18 Jul 2012 20:45
URI: http://repository.usp.ac.fj/id/eprint/4262
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