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Is the 'Bogeyman' Real? Shifting cultivation and the forests, Papua New Guinea

Allen, Bryant; Filer, Colin


A ‘bogeyman’ is an imaginary creature used to evoke fear and anxiety. The question we address here arises from a recent claim by Shearman et al (2008), that shifting cultivation is a real threat to Papua New Guinea (PNG)’s forests, and hence to global warming. We ask: is this threat real, or is it imaginary? We explore the evidence for this allegation by examining research on shifting cultivation in PNG and arguments about its impact on forests from the 1920s to the present day. We argue that...[Show more]

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Date published: 2015
Type: Book chapter


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