Cultural Survival Quarterly Magazine

EDITOR'S NOTE - 6.2

There is a growing awareness of both the destruction of the earth's forests and their importance for all people on the planet. Most attention to date, however, has been focused on the destruction of the forest - its scope and causes - and the genetic and biotic value of the tropical forests.

Deforestation: The Human Costs

INTRODUCTION "Of all the environmental impacts of the study projections, deforestation probably poses the most serious problems for the world, particularly for the developing world." Global 2000

Bora Indian Agroforestry: An Alternative to Deforestation

Native cultivators in the Amazon have developed efficient and ecologically sound methods for making the tropical forest yield useful products. Their principal form of agriculture - shifting cultivation - has evolved into a system of land management with features worthy of careful study.

Time Running Out for Mexico's Last Tropical Forest

Over half of the 13,000 square kilometer Lacandón Forest has been destroyed in the past 15 years by spontaneous and planned agricultural colonization, lumbering and cattle raising. If present trends continue, in as little as ten years the entire area will be deforested.

The Effects of Logging on the Batek of Malaysia

The Batek De' (a Semang group, or Malayan Negritos) numbered about 300 persons in 1981. They have lived in the watershed of the Lebir River in southeastern Kelantan since at least 1874, when they were encountered by the Russian naturalist and explorer Nicolas Miklucho-Maclay. They probably had inhabited the area for hundreds of years already.

Navajo and Hopi Unite to Fight Relocation

Coal deposits in Big Mountain, Arizona are at the root of the present controversy surrounding U.S. policy towards Native American land claims and relocation programs in the area. In support of a 1962 federal decision establishing the tribal interests of Navajos and Hopis in Arizona, the United States is now planning to relocate some 9500 Navajos by 1986.,/P>

Kurdish Repression in Turkey

The Kurds, a group of approximately 18 million people, are the fourth largest ethnic group in the Middle East. Occupying a region of 500,000 square miles in Iran, Iraq, Syria, Turkey and the USSR, the Kurds are one of the most persecuted minorities of our time. Nowhere is their future more threatened than in Turkey where Kurds are one quarter of the population.

Development in the Ituri Forest of Zaire

The Ituri Forest, located in northeastern Zaire just above the equator and near the Ugandan border, is approximately 70,000 square kilometers in area. It is bounded by open savanna to the north and east and is contiguous with lowland forest on the south and west where its rivers drain into the Zaire River Basin.