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Tropical Deforestation and Species Extinction : The Iucn Forest Conservation Programme - T. C. Whitmore

Tropical Deforestation and Species Extinction

The Iucn Forest Conservation Programme

By: T. C. Whitmore (Editor), J. A. Sayer (Editor)

Paperback Published: 15th February 1992
ISBN: 9780412455209
Number Of Pages: 172

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Most animal and plant species inhabit tropical forests. Hence the interest (not without some controversy) in the effects of tropical forest clearance on biological diversity. IUCN, whose members include most of the world's major conservation organizations, convened a workshop to assess the status of scientific knowledge about forest destruction and its effects on the biological world. This publication is the result. The book provides a conservationist's perception of how fast tropical forests are being lost and what the consequences are for biological diversity. It compares extinction rate predictions derived from models of fragmentation of habitats and observed directly in lightly-logged and unlogged forests. It should be of major interest not only to tropical biologists but to all conservation biologists.

The various chapters examine the current rates of deforestation...All are stimulatingly written, well illustrated with recent findings...This is no rehash of already well-known data, nor only a cry from the heart about the likely evils of deforestation. All of us who are interested in this massive problem will find much in this book that will help both stimulate and inform debate - Bulletin of the Ecological Society; ...the summarised information and references to sources provide and up-to-date situation report on which future action can be based - Forestry; it does provide some very thought-provoking ideas. I recommend it to anyone who is interested in the future fate of species and the factors that affect them - The Quarterly Review of Biology

Preface
Deforestation and species extinction in tropical moist forests
Species conservation in managed tropical forests
How many species will there be?
Do species-area curves predict extinction in fragmented forest?
Species extinctions in tropical forests
Habitat alteration and species loss in Brazilian forests
The influence of deforestation and selective logging operations on plant diversity in Papua New Guinea
References
Index
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ISBN: 9780412455209
ISBN-10: 041245520X
Series: The Iucn Forest Conservation Programme
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 172
Published: 15th February 1992
Publisher: SPRINGER VERLAG GMBH
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.39 x 15.6  x 0.97
Weight (kg): 0.25