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Forests for people or people for forests: Notes from Papua

Freddy Pattiselanno & Agustina Arobaya (Universitas Negeri Papua, Manokwari).


Indonesia’s Papua and West Papua provinces on New Guinea encompass 404,600 km or approximately 42 million hectares (Baplan 2002) of which 80% is tropical forest. The term of “Papua” on its own, is used to represent both the provinces of Papua and West Papua. It is currently considered an area of global s priority for biodiversity conservation due, in part to, the species rich forest environment for the Australopapuan fauna as well as many uniquely New Guinean species (Robbins 1971 mentioned in McPhee 1988).

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