Journal article

Deforestation and forest degradation in Papua New Guinea

Colin Filer, Rodney J Keenan, Bryant J Allen, John R Mcalpine

ANNALS OF FOREST SCIENCE | EDP SCIENCES S A | Published : 2009

Abstract

The Government of Papua New Guinea (PNG) has played a prominent part in recent negotiations for "rainforest nations" to be compensated for reducing greenhouse gas emissions from deforestation or forest degradation (DFD). A new report "The State of the Forests of Papua New Guinea" claims that rates of DFD in PNG are much higher than have previously reported. It suggests more than half of PNG's remaining forests will have disappeared or be damaged beyond recovery by 2021. We argue that this claim is incorrect. The report overestimates the area of intact primary forest in 1972 and the impact of traditional land use practices on forest cover. Much of what the RSLUP report considers as deforestat..

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