How Did Shifting Cultivation Impact Social, Environmental, and Economical Aspects of Southeast Asia?

634 Words Feb 3rd, 2018 3 Pages
(Pulsipher 2000 “Southeast Asia”) Shifting cultivation has impacted Southeast Asia in two ways; by providing sustaining crops and profit for indigenous rural peoples, government action in eliminating shifting cultivation mainly in terms of opium poppy crops. One way shifting cultivation impacts SE Asia is that it provides traditional and the “bare-minimum” of subsistence crops and profit for the 176 indigenously ethic groups making up 14.7% of the population in Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam, and Yunnan. Of all the total forest area, the rural locals use only 5% of it for shifting cultivation. This low percentage is partly caused by a priority in the mountainous mainland of Southeast Asia, or MMSEA. The priority is the national as well as global protection of the watershed system and the biophysical environment. Therefore, the rurals rely on the…
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