A Nature Conservation Source-Book for Forestry Professionals

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The protection and conservation of forest land is a complex and emotive issue. Tropical forests have long been a source of livelihood for millions of people, and there is no reason why this should not continue. The essence of conservation is making informed decisions on the balance between utilisation and protection. This book brings the ideas and science underlying nature conservation to the attention of those responsible for managing tropical forests for a range of users. It grew from a series of notes for a training course in Uganda, and therefore includes many examples from that country. Includes black and white illustrations and colour photos.




In 1995 the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), of the United Nations estimated that African forests accounted for some 15 percent of the world total and that half of the continent's potential forest cover had been converted to other forms of land use. Over the period 1980 to 1995, Africa experienced a greater percentage of forest loss than any other region in the world, and in the decade from 1980 some 40 million hectares of natural forest were cleared or degraded.


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