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Agrodeforestation and the loss of agrobiodiversity in the Pacific islands: a call for conservation

Thaman, Randolph R. (2014) Agrodeforestation and the loss of agrobiodiversity in the Pacific islands: a call for conservation. Pacific Conservation Biology, 20 (2). pp. 180-192. ISSN 1038-2097

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Abstract

Our ability to conserve biodiversity and to adapt to climate, environmental and economic change in the Pacific Islands will be greatly dependent on the conservation, restoration and enrichment of biodiversity within traditional multispecies agricultural land use systems. "Agrobiodiversity" is the most well-known, culturally-useful and accessible biodiversity on most islands and constitutes the most important foundation for ecosystem goods and services that support food, health, energy and livelihood security. This rich Pacific agrobiodiversity heritage, including associated ethnobiodiversity is highly threatened and deserves more prominence in mainstream conservation initiatives as a foundation for long-term sustainability. Such action is in line with Aichi Biodiversity Targets 7 and 13 which set goals for sustainable management of agriculture, fisheries and forestry, and the maintenance of genetic diversity as critical for successful biodiversity conservation globally. It is also supported by the findings of the Japan Satoyama-Satoumi Assessment, which stresses the critical importance of biodiversity conservation and ecosystem services provided by traditional agricultural and village landscapes.

Item Type: Journal Article
Subjects: S Agriculture > SD Forestry
Divisions: Faculty of Science, Technology and Environment (FSTE) > School of Geography, Earth Science and Environment
Depositing User: Generic Account
Date Deposited: 15 Oct 2014 10:26
Last Modified: 27 May 2016 13:03
URI: http://repository.usp.ac.fj/id/eprint/7663
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