African Rain Forest Ecology and Conservation

An Interdisciplinary Perspective

Edited by William Weber, Lee J. T. White, Amy Vedder, and Lisa Naughton-Treves

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June 10, 2001
608 pages, 7 x 10
90 b/w illus.
ISBN: 9780300084337
Cloth

Extending from west Africa to Madagascar, from the vast lowland Congo Basin to the archipelago of forest islands on its eastern rim, the African rain forest is surpassed in size only by the Amazon. This book sheds light on the current efforts to understand and conserve the African rain forest, an area in need of urgent action to save its biological wealth, cultural heritage, and economic potential.

Written by conservation scientists and practitioners based in the African rain forest, the book offers a multidisciplinary perspective that integrates many biological and social sciences. Early chapters trace the forces--from paleoecological factors to recent human actions--that have shaped the African forest environment. The next chapters discuss the dominant biological patterns of species ranging from the distinctive elephants, gorillas, and okapi to the less well known birds, butterflies, and amphibians. Other chapters focus on how such different groups as hunter-gatherers, forest farmers, bushmeat hunters, recent immigrants, and commercial foresters have used the forests. Several authors stress the need for tighter links between research and conservation action. The final section draws lessons from the collective experience of those working in an Africa wracked by political strife and economic hardship.

William Weber and Amy Vedder are directors and Lee J. T. White is a conservation scientist at the Wildlife Conservation Society, Bronx, New York. Lisa Naughton-Treves is assistant professor of geography at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

“This book contains a great deal of new and valuable information on the biology, human use, and conservation of African rain forests.”—Kathryn Saterson, Brandywine Conservancy, Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania

"The thirty-two essays in African Rain Forest Ecology and Conservation make two important contributions.  First, they cover a truly impressive amount of material on the moist tropical forests of werstern, central, eastern Africa, and Madagascar.  Second, the authors represent a broad cross section of contemporary mainstream conservation, writing fromt he closely linked perspectives of academic research and applied conservation. . . . No one interested in the topic should begin working without consulting this volume." —Peter J. Rogers, African Studies Review

“A well-balanced treatment of ecology and conservation. . . . A highly recommended broad treatment.”—Choice

“An impressive work. It is the most comprehensive collection of research and the practical efforts that is currently under way to help conserve this fragile ecosystem.”—Environmental History

‘This book is the most comprehensive and useful resource available for understanding the challenges of conservation biology, as well as for learning as much as possible about the ecology and conservation of the African rain forest.”—Natalia M. Belfiore, Journal of Mammology

“This is an important anthology for reference and the classroom.”—Sci-Tech Book News