Tropical Moist Forest Silviculture and Management: A History of Success and Failure

Tropical Moist Forest Silviculture and Management: A History of Success and Failure

by CABI, Michael S. Philip
     
 

Silviculture and timber production in tropical forests have a long history going back many centuries; there is thus a considerable body of evidence on both sustainable and destructive forestry practices, evidence central to the ongoing debate on the future of tropical forests. Based on the authors' fifty years of experience in the tropics and their extensive

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Silviculture and timber production in tropical forests have a long history going back many centuries; there is thus a considerable body of evidence on both sustainable and destructive forestry practices, evidence central to the ongoing debate on the future of tropical forests. Based on the authors' fifty years of experience in the tropics and their extensive research of the literature, this book collects essential information on the development of silvicultural systems in a variety of tropical forests. The book begins with the early history of silviculture in the tropics and goes on to present the many technical developments and the growth of global exploitation. It describes in detail examples from many countries and considers the economic, ecological and social implications of each. The authors demonstrate that sustainable timber production in many tropical forests is not only possible, but that the necessary techniques have been known to foresters for many decades. This book is a valuable resource for forest managers in the tropics and for advanced students and researchers in forestry and ecology, and will also be of interest to economists, policy makers, and environmentalists.

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From the Publisher
"This detailed history of tropical forestry was written by two foresters with extensive field experience, and who also show some sensitivity to ecological issues. H C Dawkins died in 1992, before he could complete his draft. From Dawkins's outline and incomplete draft, M S Philip completed the task and updated the information into the mid-1990s. The term 'tropical moist forest' (TMF) is defined here as low-elevation forests (to about 1500m) with ample rainfall, seasonal or year-round. It includes the tropical rain forests proper, floodplain forests, and the deciduous monsoon forests of Asia (which were included by Philip because of the importance of teak to the timber industry). . . . As a source of information on the history of silvicultural practices in the tropics, this book has no equal and should be read by anyone who is interested in tropical forest issues. It also clearly enunciates and discusses some of the debatable issues for the future."—The Quarterly Review of Biology

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780851992556
Publisher:
CAB International North America
Publication date:
06/28/1998
Series:
CABI
Pages:
384
Product dimensions:
6.75(w) x 9.25(h) x 1.00(d)

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Oxford University

University of Aberdeen

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