Conservation and Management of Tropical Rainforests Edition 2

An Integrated Approach to Sustainability

December 2016
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  • Published
    19th December 2016
  • ISBN 9781780641409
  • Language English
  • Pages 420 pp.
  • Size 6.75" x 9.5"
  • Images tables & figures

Tropical rainforests fascinate scientists and explorers. The richness and variety of forms and the diversity of species have been acknowledged for centuries. Measures to protect endangered species within this ecosystem were already thought necessary in the mid-nineteenth century. Since the 1920s commercial greed, political misdemeanor and the relentless increase in the human population have all posed increasing threats to the future of rainforests. Sustainability is now of paramount importance.

This new edition of Conservation and Management of Tropical Rainforests applies the large body of knowledge, experience and tradition available to those who study tropical rainforests. Revised and updated in light of developments in science, technology, economics, politics, etc. and their effects on tropical forests, it describes the principles of integrated conservation and management that lead to sustainability, identifying the unifying phenomena that regulate the processes within the rainforest and that are fundamental to the ecosystem viability. Features of the natural forest and the socio-cultural ecosystems which can be mimicked in the design of self-sustaining forests are also discussed. A holistic approach to the management and conservation of rainforests is developed throughout the book. The focus on South-East Asian forestry will be widened to include Africa and Latin America. Recent controversial issues such as biofuels and carbon credits with respect to tropical forests and their inhabitants will be discussed. This book is a substantial contribution to the literature; it is a valuable resource for all those concerned with rainforests.

Acronyms, Abbreviations and Symbols
1. Tropical Rainforest Ecosystem, Land Cover, Habitat, Resource
2. Rainforest Use: Necessity, Wisdom, Greed, Folly
3. Sustainable Forestry in Rainforests: Reality or Dream, Hope or Chimaera?
4. Principles and Strategies of Sustainability
5. The Tortuous Road Towards Forest Sustainability in the TRF: cases from which to learn
6. Naturalistic Close-to-Nature-Forestry Management in TRF
7. How to Avoid Forest Degradation or Upgrade Degraded Forest Ecosystems: a classic World Forestry Problem
8. Short-rotation Tree Plantations
9. Forest Management: Doctrine, Muddle or Goal-Orientated System
10. Certification of Forest Management and Timber Origin
11. Where are We and the TRF in 2013?
12. Quo Vadis Silva Tropikos?
Appendix 1: Glossary
Appendix 2: Biocybernetic Principles of System Design References and Further Reading
Index of Species and Major Non- timber Forest Products Subject Index

Eberhard Bruenig

Eberhard Bruenig is the Former Chair of World Forestry, University of Hamburg, Germany.