Tropical rainforests disappear at an alarming rate causing unprecedented losses in biodiversity and ecosystem services. Despite an increased recognition of the value of these goods at national and international levels, rainforests continue to be seriously threatened by human-induced global change such as agricultural intensification and climate change. Understanding these processes needs an integrated scientific approach linking ecological, economic and social approaches at different scales, from the household and village level to landscapes and regions. This book will address the following three fields: Agroforestry management in an ecological and socio-economic context, climate change effects on tropical rainforests and agroforests and integrated concepts of land use in tropical landscapes.
From the reviews: "Tropical Rainforests and Agroforests under Global Change edited by Tscharntke and colleagues ! highlighting several prominent ecological and social issues associated with agroforestry production systems. ! Overall, I find this book to be a valuable compilation of the latest research on agroforestry, and would be a useful reference for researchers interested in this topic." (Lian Pin Koh, Biotropica, 2010) "This edited volume includes 24 chapters on ecology, bio-diversity, climate change, demography, and social sciences aspects of agroforestry and tropical forests. ! provide a thoughtful evaluation of climate change impacts on tree water use, nutrient fluxes and hydrology. ! of interest to ecologists, economists and agricultural scientists and ! is accessible to all." (Jaboury Ghazoul, Basic and Applied Ecology, Vol. 12 (2), March, 2011)