Restoration of Tropical Forest Ecosystems: Proceedings of the Symposium held on October 7-10, 1991 / Edition 1

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The destruction of the tropical forests continues rapidly. We all know that this has global, ecological and economic consequences. The problem is of such magnitude that it can only be compared to warfare. The destruction of tropical forests is both detrimental to the global ecology as well as posing a serious threat to the people living in these areas. Furthermore, the overutilization of such a valuable resource poses a serious threat to the next generations.
Besides the problem generated for the people in these regions, and for the earth in general, there is a moral obligation to preserve the vast biological diversity in the tropical forests. We have a commitment to all species on earth as well as man and, therefore, need to preserve as many as possible, if not all.
This book discusses the problem from different angles: from forestry, ecology and nature conservation. The two main problem areas are: first the wise utilization of that portion of the forest which will be used - especially the introduction of planned forestry in such areas and second the development of a good plan for nature conservation in the tropics.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780792319450
  • Publisher: Springer Netherlands
  • Publication date: 5/1/1993
  • Series: Tasks for Vegetation Science Series, #30
  • Edition description: 1993
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 270

Table of Contents

List of contributors
1 Written and oral contributions at the symposium
2 Reviewers
3 List of participants at the discussion
1 Restoration of native forests from Japan to Malaysia 5
2 Ecosystem rehabilitation and forest regeneration in the humid tropics: Case studies and management insights 25
3 Biological characters and plasticity of juvenile tree stages to restore degraded tropical forests: A systems framework for site analysis and restoration research 37
4 Soil site factors influencing the reforestation on mining sites in Amazonia 47
5 Restoring Caribbean dry forest: Programme proposition for genetic resource maintenance 53
6 Secondary forest regeneration on degraded tropical lands: The role of plantations as "foster ecosystems" 63
7 The ecology of Zambezian dry evergreen forest with recommendations for conservation management 75
8 Problems associated with raising trees from seeds: The Ethiopian experience 91
9 Mixed species plantations using high value rainforest trees in Australia 101
10 The rehabilitation of the tropical rainforests' ecosystems: Cooperative research between UPM and YNU 109
11 Rehabilitation of tropical forests from countryside to urban areas 119
12 The ITTO-guidelines for the sustainable management of natural and planted tropical forests 137
13 Conversion of exploited natural Dipterocarp forests into semi-natural production forests 145
14 Some effects of selective logging on forest productivity and ecology 155
15 Utilization and protection of the forest belt of Mount Kenya (East Africa) 163
16 Research and development programme for forestry in Sarawak: A pilot model approach towards sustainable forest management and economic development 173
17 Environmentally sound timber harvesting: Logging guidelines, conservation reserves and rehabilitation studies 185
18 Conservation and restoration of montane forest communities in Thailand 193
19 Conservation of some disturbed Indian tropical rain forest eco-systems 203
20 Contribution to environmental action by a timber processing company 213
21 Mitsubishi's unsustainable timber trade: Sarawak 217
22 Future problems and working trends for sustainable management and restoration of tropical forests: Podium discussion 227
23 Challenges in extending development to the Penan community of Sarawak 239
24 Concluding remarks 251
Index of plant and animal names 255
Index of scientific names 257
General index 263
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