Tropical rainforests fascinate scientists and explorers. The richness and...
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Useful synthesis of current approaches to tropical rainforests as well as a sustained argument that the current overuse, misuse, and abuse of these forests is a result of cultural and political problems, rather than scientific inadequacies.
"The heart of Bruenig's book makes a case for sustainability in tropical forestry, using Sarawak as the principal source of examples and justifications." --Ecology
"The book compiles eleven chapters of comprehensive assessment into holistic, integrated strategies for the conservation and management of tropical rainforests. Practical examples and field research studies from Amazonia and Southeast Asia are used to identify the processes regulating the rainforest ecosystem and essential to its sustainability."--BIOSIS
The tropical rainforest ecosystem; rainforest use - wisdom, folly, ambivalence; sustainable forestry in rainforests; principles and strategies of sustainability; Sarawak forestry - torturous road towards sustainability; naturalistic natural rainforest management in Sarawak; restoration of degraded ecosystems; short-rotation tree plantations; forest management guidelines; timber certification, trademarking and monitoring; failures, major obstacles, trends and needs.
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