Human Ecology

, Volume 4, Issue 3, pp 247–259 | Cite as

Maintenance of agriculture and human habitats within the tropical forest ecosystem

  • William C. Clarke


The tactics of shifting cultivation are reviewed with particular reference given to techniques of forest regeneration. The desirability of a forest-fallow system of agriculture is explained. Also discussed are the causes, indicators, and consequences of a breakdown of forest-fallow cultivation. In conclusion, the future of tropical forests for agriculture and habitats for man is considered.

Key words

shifting cultivation tropical forest ecosystem tropical agriculture 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • William C. Clarke
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of GeographyUniversity of Papua New GuineaPort MoresbyPapua New Guinea

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