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January 16 2013

The deforestation of Central Africa: Man or climate?


It is a much debated question: why did Central African forests become partially fragmented between 2,500 and 2,000 years ago, leaving room for more open forest landscapes and savannah?

Recently, a publication attempted to explain that it was the farming Bantu peoples who were responsible for this, through the large-scale clearing that they undertook. But IRD (Institut de recherche pour le développement) experts and their partners (1) have contested this argument in a recent article in the journal Science.

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