Based on work by the Miombo Network in southern Africa, Miombo Woodlands in a Changing Environment helps decision-makers and general readers alike improve their understanding of the socio-ecology of the Miombo woodlands across southern Africa. It also highlights the importance of and the need for further research on the unique Miombo ecology and its link with economic development. One major challenge facing these woodlands is the influence that direct (both natural and anthropogenic) and indirect drivers of change, as well as interactions between these, have had over the centuries. As such the book explores the socio-economic and ecological interactions that occur in these woodlands and discusses the need for further research to provide a better understanding of these interactions.
Drawing on data and information from numerous studies conducted in the last 20 years, Miombo Woodlands in a Changing Environment presents a comparative analysis of policy changes and management experiences in the countries concerned. It also addresses issues of global climate change, since they have an impact on Miombo ecosystem management and restoration, and provides future projections based on an assessment of how climate change has affected the Miombo woodlands in the past.
Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: Biogeography and Ecology of Miombo Woodlands
Chapter 3: People in the Miombo Ecosystems: Socio-ecological Dynamics
Chapter 4: Managing Miombo: Ecological and Silvicultural Options for Sustainable Socio-economic Benefits
Chapter 5: Governance and Institutional Arrangements for Sustainable Management of Miombo Woodlands
Chapter 6: Scenarios for Just and Sustainable Futures in the Miombo Woodlands
"Miombo Woodlands in a Changing Environment: Securing the Resilience and Sustainability of People and Woodlands is nevertheless a welcome addition to my personal library, and highly recommended as an institutional library acquisition."
– Peter F Scogings, African Journal of Range & Forage Science, February 11, 2021