African Rain Forest Ecology and Conservation: An Interdisciplinary Perspective

African Rain Forest Ecology and Conservation: An Interdisciplinary Perspective

by William Weber, Lee J. T. White, Amy Vedder, Lisa Naughton-Treves
     
 

ISBN-10: 0300084331

ISBN-13: 9780300084337

Pub. Date: 06/28/2001

Publisher: Yale University Press

Extending from west Africa to Madagascar, from the vast lowland Congo Basin to the archipelago of forest islands on its eastern rim, the African rain forest is surpassed in size only by the Amazon. This book sheds light on the current efforts to understand and conserve the African rain forest, an area in need of urgent action to save its biological wealth, cultural…  See more details below

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Extending from west Africa to Madagascar, from the vast lowland Congo Basin to the archipelago of forest islands on its eastern rim, the African rain forest is surpassed in size only by the Amazon. This book sheds light on the current efforts to understand and conserve the African rain forest, an area in need of urgent action to save its biological wealth, cultural heritage, and economic potential.

Written by conservation scientists and practitioners based in the African rain forest, the book offers a multidisciplinary perspective that integrates many biological and social sciences. Early chapters trace the forces-from paleoecological factors to recent human actions-that have shaped the African forest environment. The next chapters discuss the dominant biological patterns of species ranging from the distinctive elephants, gorillas, and okapi to the less well known birds, butterflies, and amphibians. Other chapters focus on how such different groups as hunter-gatherers, forest farmers, bushmeat hunters, recent immigrants, and commercial foresters have used the forests. Several authors stress the need for tighter links between research and conservation action. The final section draws lessons from the collective experience of those working in an Africa wracked by political strife and economic hardship.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300084337
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
06/28/2001
Pages:
608
Product dimensions:
7.42(w) x 10.30(h) x 1.49(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
Pt. IThe African Context
1The African Rain Forest: Climate and Vegetation3
2Human Dimensions of the African Rain Forest30
Pt. IIPast and Present Tends in the African Rain Forest
Overview of Part II47
3A Geological Perspective on the Conservation of African Forests50
4Hotspots in African Forests as Quaternary Refugia57
5The Impact of Arid Phases on the African Rain Forest Through Geological History68
6Endemism in African Rain Forest Mammals88
7The History of Human Settlement in the Middle Ogooue Valley (Gabon): Implications for the Environment101
8Forest Area and Deforestation in Central Africa: Current Knowledge and Future Directions119
9Climatic Change and African Rain Forests in the Twenty-First Century140
Pt. IIIThe Forest Ecosystem
Overview of Part III151
10Forest Dynamics in the Ituri Basin (DR Congo): Dominance, Diversity, and Conservation154
11Forest-Savanna Dynamics and the Origins of Marantaceae Forest in Central Gabon165
12Diversity and Abundance in an African Forest Ungulate Community and Implications for Conservation183
13Forest Elephant Behavior and Ecology: Observations from the Dzanga Saline207
14Carnivore Biogeography and Conservation in the African Forest: A Community Perspective214
15African Forest Birds: Patterns of Endemism and Species Richness233
16Fishes of African Rain Forests: Diverse Adaptations to Environmental Challenges263
17Herpetofauna of the African Rain Forest: Overview and Recommendations for Conservation291
Pt. IVHumans and the Forest
Overview of Part IV311
18Conservation, Development, and "the Forest People": The Aka of the Central African Republic313
19Horticulture and Hunting in the Congo Basin: A Case from Central Africa (DR Congo)334
20Hunting and Wildlife in Northeastern Gabon: Why Conservation Should Extend Beyond Protected Areas344
21Conservation - For Whom? A Study of Immigration onto DR Congo's Ituri Forest Frontier355
22Farmers, Wildlife, and the Forest Fringe369
23Indigenous Versus Introduced Biodiversity Conservation Strategies: The Case of Protected Area Systems in Ghana385
Pt. VApplied Research and Management
Overview of Part V397
24Designing a New National Park in Madagascar: The Use of Biodiversity Data400
25Gorilla Conservation and Research in Central Africa: A Diversity of Approaches and Problems429
26Why Chimpanzees and Gorillas Respond Differently to Logging: A Cautionary Tale from Gabon449
27The Effects of Habitat Change Due to Selective Logging on the Fauna of Forests in Africa463
28Lost Logging: Problems of Tree Regeneration in Forest Gaps in Kibale Forest, Uganda480
29Forest Conservation in Ghana: Forestry, Dragons, Genetic Heat491
30Integrating Local Communities into the Management of Protected Areas: Lessons from DR Congo and Cameroon513
31Politics, Negotiation, and Conservation: A View from Madagascar535
Pt. VIConclusion
32Trends and Challenges in Applied Research and Conservation: A Practitioner's View from the African Rain Forest547
Epilogue: Conflict and Conservation in the African Rain Forest557
List of Contributors563
Index567

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