Forests: A Very Short Introduction

Paperback | May 15, 2015

byJaboury Ghazoul

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Since the dawn of human civilization, forests have provided us with food, resources, and energy. The history of human development is also one of forest loss and transformation, and yet even in our increasingly urbanized societies we remain surprisingly dependent on forests for a wide range ofgoods and services. Moreover, forests still retain a remarkable hold on our environmental values. In an era of continuing tropical deforestation and temperate forest resurgence, and in the midst of uncertainties of climate and land use changes, it is more important than ever to understand whatforests are, how they contribute to our livelihoods, and how they underpin our cultural histories and futures. In this Very Short Introduction Jaboury Ghazoul explores our contrasting interactions with forests, as well as their origins, dynamics, and the range of goods and services they provide to human society. Ghazoul concludes with an examination of the recent history of deforestation, transitions toreforestation, and the future outlook for forests particularly in the context of expected climate change.ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, andenthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

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Since the dawn of human civilization, forests have provided us with food, resources, and energy. The history of human development is also one of forest loss and transformation, and yet even in our increasingly urbanized societies we remain surprisingly dependent on forests for a wide range ofgoods and services. Moreover, forests still ...

Jaboury Ghazoul is Professor of Ecosystem Management at ETH Zurich. He was Editor-in-Chief of the journal Biotropica from 2006 to 2013, and is President of the Association of Tropical Biology and Conservation in 2015. He is also author of Tropical Rain Forest Ecology, Diversity, and Conservation (OUP, 2010).

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:144 pages, 6.85 × 4.37 × 0.01 inPublished:May 15, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198706170

ISBN - 13:9780198706175

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Table of Contents

1. Forests in human culture2. Forest origins3. Many forests4. Forest dynamics5. Good and services6. Past, present and futureFurther readingIndex