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.



Natural Forest Management and Nature Conservation

Despite growing awareness that tropical forests are priorities for nature conservation because of all the species they support, it is clear that few countries in the tropics will be able to afford to designate more than a small proportion of those forests as preservation areas (National Parks, Strict Nature Reserves etc.). Much of the remainder of the permanent forest estate is likely to be put under some sort of management, and timber production is likely to be one of the main activities. One of the objectives of conservation, therefore, must be to try and ensure that natural forest management for timber production is carried out in such a way that most of the wildlife survives.


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