12 March 2016 [Publications]
The State of the Forests of Papua New Guinea 2014

Bryan J.E., Shearman P.L. (eds.) (2015) The State of the Forests of Papua New Guinea 2014: Measuring change over the period 2002-2014. University of Papua New Guinea, Port Moresby. ISBN: 978-9980-89-106-8. PDF (55 Mb)

Papua New Guinea forest
Image from p. 6 of the report

Papua New Guinea forests are a world wonder. Prompted by exponential population growth in PNG, the forests are being rapidly destroyed, mostly by logging, with timber exported to China. All of us world citizens enjoying products of China's global factory have a hand in this degradation.

We are proud to have been a small part of Phil Shearman and colleagues' comprehensive effort to describe the current state of PNG forests -- drawing attention to their global climatic importance and to the extreme urgency of their large-scale conservation.

Read the report to see magnificent photos of undisturbed forest cover, learn about unprecedented biodiversity a significant part of which still remains undiscovered, get first-hand information about local processes affecting deforestation and how deforestation could be halted.

Deforestation causes soil erosion in Papua New Guinea
Soil erosion caused by logging (Figure 16 from p. 23 of the report)

Chapter 1. The current state of PNG’s forests and changes between 2002 and 2014
Chapter 2. Climate Science: The Case for a Rapid and Effective Policy Response
Chapter 3. Large-scale climatic significance of Papua New Guinea forests
Chapter 4. Ecological research in Papua New Guinean rainforests: insects, plants and people
Chapter 5. Occurrence and Status of Papua New Guinea Vertebrates
Chapter 6. State of the orchids in PNG’s forests
Chapter 7. The flora of New Guinea: its origins, affinities and patterns of diversity and endemism
Chapter 8. Ongoing discovery of mammal diversity in New Guinea
Chapter 9. Provincial maps
Annex 1. Methods
Annex 2. Ancillary material
Annex 3. References

Papua New Guinea forest bat Pteropus sp.
Ptoropus sp. Figure 103 from p. 141 of the report, photo credit K. Alpin

Nepenthes sp. Kamiali Papua New Guinea
Nepenthes sp. Kamiali Image from p. 137 of the report

Our contribution is Chapter 3. All local meteorological data are provided by Phil Shearman.

Some media coverage of the report and additional information about the situation in the region: New Guinea's rainforests are being destroyed with apparent impunity