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Timber Production and Biodiversity Conservation in Tropical Rain Forests

Andrew Grieser Johns with a Foreword by Jeffrey Burley 
Cambridge University Press  1997  



Paperback  247pp  ISBN 9780521607629      £30.00
This book, published as one of the series Cambridge Studies in Applied Ecology and Resource Management series, is based on the premise that timber production is often the most economic form of land use in areas of tropical forest: forest preservation is rarely so. The area of tropical forest reserved for timber production exceeds that of National Parks and other preserved areas by a ratio of at least 8:1. Although often poorly managed to date, production forests have the potential to support a high percentage of natural forest biodiversity. They have a vital role to play in conservation strategies. This book attempts to bridge the current gap between conservation requirements and commercial interests, indicating the possibilities for integrated management of tropical forests. The aim, expressed in the following chapters, is to develop a justification and practical approach for the management of production forest as a supplement to totally-protected forest in the conservation of tropical biodiversity:

  • The issues
  • The history and development of tropical forestry
  • Changes in the physical environment
  • Forest regeneration and gap dynamics
  • Responses of individual animal species
  • Responses of species assemblages
  • Using ecological data in forest management planning
  • Intervention to maintain biodiversity
  • Field procedures
  • The future
  • Bibliography
  • Index.

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