Ecology, Conservation, and Management of Southeast Asian Rainforests

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The book includes essays by many of the world's leading authorities on tropical forests, among them policy officials and scientists from the countries in the region. It begins with an overview of the timber industry in Southeast Asia and a comparison of tropical rainforests there with those in other parts of the world. Experts then describe the plant and animal communities of the region and discuss the efforts that have been made to preserve them. The last section of the book addresses issues of policy and ...
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Overview

The book includes essays by many of the world's leading authorities on tropical forests, among them policy officials and scientists from the countries in the region. It begins with an overview of the timber industry in Southeast Asia and a comparison of tropical rainforests there with those in other parts of the world. Experts then describe the plant and animal communities of the region and discuss the efforts that have been made to preserve them. The last section of the book addresses issues of policy and management. Contributors examine the conflicting needs of forestry officials: on one hand, to conserve sufficient forest to maintain healthy populations of plant and animal species and, on the other, to use forest resources to support the needs of the local people. The authors emphasize the need for immediate solutions to these problems, noting that Southeast Asian forests are crucial not only for the economic and social development of specific countries but also because of their role in global climatic change.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780300062342
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Publication date: 9/27/1995
  • Pages: 304

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction 1
1 Comparing Southeast Asian and Other Tropical Rainforests 5
2 Plant Diversity of the Malesian Tropical Rainforest and Its Phytogeographical and Economic Significance 19
3 Structure, Dynamics, and Management of Rainforests on Nutrient-Deficient Soils in Sarawak 41
4 Links Between Vertebrates and the Conservation of Southeast Asian Rainforests 54
5 Wildlife Responses to Disturbances in Sarawak and Their Implications for Forest Management 66
6 Rainforests and Their Soils 87
7 Effects of Selective Logging on Soil Characteristics and Growth of Planted Dipterocarp Seedlings in Sabah 105
8 Nursery and Vegetative Propagation Techniques for Genetic Improvement and Large-Scale Enrichment Planting of Dipterocarps 116
9 Long-Term Ecological Research in Indonesia: Achieving Sustainable Forest Management 129
10 Conserving the Reservoirs and Remnants of Tropical Moist Forest in the Indo-Pacific Region 140
11 Identifying Sites of Global Importance for Conservation: The IUCN/WWF Centres of Plant Diversity Project 176
12 The Role of Totally Protected Areas in Preserving Biological Diversity in Sarawak 204
13 The Significance of the Timber Industry in the Economic and Social Development of Sarawak 221
14 Timber Trade, Economics, and Tropical Forest Management 241
15 Tropical Forests and Climate 263
Contributors 291
Index 293
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