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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.

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Forest Ecology

This chapter aims to provide the reader with the ecological knowledge that is considered important for anyone seeking to develop a working understanding of conservation and of natural forest management. Although it is possible to manage natural forests without in-depth ecological understanding, experiences from around the world suggest that, in the long term at least, such management will fail. No-one would suggest that forests are best managed exclusively by ecologists, but in ecology must play its part.

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