Conservation Biology

Tropical Rain Forest: A Wider Perspective

Editors: Goldsmith, F.B. (Ed.)

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The international perspective for this book is the unprecedented level of concern over deforestation, recognized by the meeting of world leaders at the 1992 Earth Summit, in Rio do Janeiro, and culminating in the appoint­ ment of the Intergovernmental Panel on Forests (IPF), under the auspices of the UN Commission on Sustainable Development. The wide range of issues covered by the authors in this volume reflects the breadth of the interna­ tional debate, from national policies and activist campaigning, through eco­ nomic and social objectives, to the sustainable management of forest and soil resources. Since the conservation campaigns of the 1980s, the focus of international concern has widened from tropical rain forests to all forest formations, in all regions, with increased recognition of global values and common responsibil­ ities. However, while forest cover in some temperate countries is increasing, irrational deforestation, at historically unprecedented levels of damage to biodiversity and to other environmental values, remains most acute in tropi­ cal countries, where the need to use the natural resources for sustainable development is greatest, and the capability weakest. While accepting the urgency of the situation, and the need for greater coherence of action at a global level, the 1997 report of the IPF to the UN Commission emphasized the powers and responsibilities of national governments, and the importance of National Forest Programmes, but with the fuller participation of local communities, and with enhanced access to international assistance.

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`I cannot speak too highly of this book - the overall standard of presentation and production is excellent. It should be on the reading list of all university biology and environmental science courses, since it is the products of such courses who must deal with the major challenge facing our own species in the next 50 years: the sensible stewardship of the remaining forests. It also merits a place in school libraries, and will serve to provide a wealth of information to the concerned lay reader who seeks accessible, up-to-date information on the complexities of forest conservation.'
Biologist, 46:1 (1999)
`An elegant glimpse of the complex issues involved... An impressive and tightly-edited interdisciplinary effort that highlights most key topics... Unusually comprehensive in scope in comparison with other books... An important teaching book and reference book for any library.'
Northeastern Naturalist, 7:2

Table of contents (14 chapters)

  • Tropical rain forests — what are they really like?

    Goldsmith, F. B.

    Pages 1-20

  • Indigenous non-timber benefits from tropical rain forest

    Prance, G. T.

    Pages 21-42

  • Degeneration versus regeneration — logging in tropical rain forests

    Brown, N.

    Pages 43-73

  • Forest people and conservation initiatives: the cultural context of rain forest conservation in West Africa

    Sharpe, B.

    Pages 75-97

  • Forest and environmental degradation

    Eden, M. J.

    Pages 99-117

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Tropical Rain Forest: A Wider Perspective
Editors
  • F.B. Goldsmith
Series Title
Conservation Biology
Series Volume
10
Copyright
1998
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht
eBook ISBN
978-94-011-4912-9
DOI
10.1007/978-94-011-4912-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-412-81510-2
Softcover ISBN
978-0-412-81520-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIX, 416
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