There are parallels in the ways rural communities in eastern Australia and island Papua New Guinea experience and anticipate the impact of global change on their forest environments. Dr Guinness explores how national economic and political planning impacts on local and indigenous ways of life and dreaming and how the recent bushfires give new impetus to consolidating alternate ways of living with and in forests.
About the Speaker:
Dr Patrick Guinness teaches anthropology and development studies at Australian National University. He has done substantial research in Indonesia, Malaysia and Papua New Guinea, and is presently preparing a book on the impact of oil palm cultivation in West New Britain, PNG.