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Title: The impact of shifting cultivation in the forestry ecosystems of Timor-Leste
Authors: Maria de Jesus
Henriques, Pedro Damião de Sousa
Pedro Laranjeira
Narciso, Vanda
Carvalho, Maria Leonor da Silva
Issue Date: 2015
Citation: Maria de Jesus; Henriques, Pedro Damião de Sousa; Pedro Laranjeira; Narciso, Vanda; Carvalho, Maria Leonor da Silva. The impact of shifting cultivation in the forestry ecosystems of Timor-Leste, Int. J. Sustainable Society, 7, 2, 121-139, 2015.
Abstract: In Timor-Leste, shifting cultivation is still carried out as a form of subsistence agriculture. The objectives of this study are to characterise and reveal the socio-economic importance of shifting agriculture for rural communities in Timor-Leste, highlighting its impacts on the environmental sustainability of ecosystems and the solutions to mitigate their negative impacts. In order to do so, a questionnaire survey was applied to farmers in two Sucos in Bobonaro. Shifting agriculture in Timor-Leste is the basis of subsistence in rural areas, done for home consumption, not implying change in home residence and integrated in family and community life. The negative impacts on the goods and services produced by forests are felt by the surveyed farmers through changes in rainfall and spring water, land loss, climate change, reduction of wild animals, plants and products collected in the forests. Therefore, most farmers expressed no intention to increase the area of shifting cultivation.
Type: article
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