World Forests

New Perspectives on People and Forests

Editors: Ritter, Eva, Daukstra, Dainis (Eds.)

  • ·         Contributes to the ongoing discussion on afforestation by including a socio-cultural aspect
  • ·         Deals with important topics in landscape ecology (eg cultural landscapes)
  • ·         Well connected with other important issues like microclimate and human comfort in forest landscapes
  • ·         Explores links between people and forest landscapes which is something that crosses disciplines and few people (if any) have done it successfully
  • ·         Interesting, important and relevant field. People are essential and are all too often forgotten in work on forests and/or forest landscapes
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About this book

The aim of this book is to elucidate the role of forests as part of a landscape in the life of people. Most landscapes today are cultural landscapes that are influenced by human activity and that in turn have a profound effect on our understanding of and identification with a place. The book proposes that a better understanding of the bond between people and forests as integrated part of a landscape may be helpful in landscape planning, and may contribute to the discussion of changes in forest cover which has been motivated by land use changes, rural development and the global climate debate. To this end, people’s perception of forest landscapes, the reasons for different perceptions, and future perspectives are discussed.

 

Given the wide range of forest landscapes, and cultural perspectives which exist across the world, the book focuses on Europe as a test case to explore the various relationships between society, culture, forests and landscapes. It looks at historical evidence of the impacts of people on forests and vice versa, explores the current factors affecting people’s physical and emotional comfort in forest landscapes, and looks ahead to how changes in forest cover may alter the present relationships of people to forests.

Drawing together a diverse literature and combining the expertise of natural and social scientists, this book will form a valuable reference for students and researchers working in the fields of landscape ecology and landscape architecture, geography, social science, environmental psychology or environmental history. It will also be of interest to researchers, government agencies and practitioners with an interest in issues such as sustainable forest management, sustainable tourism, reserve management, urban planning and environmental interpretation.

Reviews

From the reviews:

“The book is the exploration of the cultural, biological, spiritual, economic, and emotional components of the forested landscape of northern Europe from the earliest records of interactions between humans and forests to the present day. … This volume should certainly be considered as part of the literature of landscape ecology, as it considers throughout the interactions between humans, forests, and forested landscapes. … For those with a humanistic or philosophical bent, it is likely a worthwhile read … .” (Ralph E. J. Boerner, Landscape Ecology, Vol. 27, 2012)


Table of contents (15 chapters)

  • Introduction – The Crooked Timber of Humanity

    Dauksta, Dainis

    Pages 3-10

  • Forests in Landscapes – The Myth of Untouched Wilderness

    Ritter, Eva

    Pages 11-27

  • Overcoming Physicophobia – Forests as the Sacred Source of Our Human Origins

    Jackson, Roy

    Pages 29-38

  • Royal Forests – Hunting and Other Forest Use in Medieval England

    Hooke, Della

    Pages 41-59

  • Forests as Commons – Changing Traditions and Governance in Europe

    Short, Christopher

    Pages 61-74

Buy this book

eBook $179.00
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  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $229.00
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  • ISBN 978-94-007-1149-5
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $229.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-94-007-3602-3
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  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
New Perspectives on People and Forests
Editors
  • Eva Ritter
  • Dainis Daukstra
Series Title
World Forests
Series Volume
9
Copyright
2011
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
eBook ISBN
978-94-007-1150-1
DOI
10.1007/978-94-007-1150-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-94-007-1149-5
Softcover ISBN
978-94-007-3602-3
Series ISSN
1566-0427
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVIII, 250
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