Plantation Forestry in the Tropics: The role, silviculture and use of planted forests for…

Paperback | April 29, 2004

byJulian Evans, John W. Turnbull

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Development of planted forests in tropical and subtropical countries is accelerating to satisfy the ever-growing global demand for wood products. Indeed, it is expected that within 20 years half of all wood fibre in the world will be sourced from plantations, of which more than half are in thetropics and subtropics. As well as intensively managed industrial wood plantations, trees are increasingly being planted as part of farming systems - to control erosion and rehabilitate degraded lands and forests. Active community involvement in tree planting as part of rural development is nowwidespread and welcome. Plantation Forestry in the Tropics provides an overview that sets plantation silviculture in the wider context of development processes and their social, environmental and ecological impacts. The structure and approach of previous editions have been retained but every chapterhas been comprehensively revised and updated. Two new chapters, one on clonal forestry, the other on ecological restoration, have also been added although the central theme remains the silviculture that underpins successful industrial planted forests. Overall, the book provides an up-to-date accountof silvicultural practices, some of the socio-economic essentials, and the key role tree planting now plays in natural resource management and improving rural livelihoods in the tropics. Contemporary issues such as full stakeholder participation and sustainable management practices in plantedforests are also addressed. The authors have drawn on their field experience from over 40 tropical and sub-tropical countries, and readers will find examples from Africa, Latin America, tropical Asia and the Pacific. Both the historical context and recent developments are presented, and examples aredrawn from industrial plantations, rural development plantings, agroforestry and tree planting for soil protection and rehabilitation of degraded forests. Students, professional foresters, development specialists, and all with an interest in tropical forest management will find this a valuablereference text.

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Development of planted forests in tropical and subtropical countries is accelerating to satisfy the ever-growing global demand for wood products. Indeed, it is expected that within 20 years half of all wood fibre in the world will be sourced from plantations, of which more than half are in thetropics and subtropics. As well as intensiv...

Julian Evans was appointed OBE in 1997 for 'Services to Forestry and the Third World'. Also Vice-President of the Commonwealth Forestry Association, Director-at-Large of the International Society of Tropical Foresters (ISTF), and honorary member of Society of American Foresters. John Turnbull received the inaugural Queen's Award fo...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:480 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 1.03 inPublished:April 29, 2004Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198509472

ISBN - 13:9780198509479

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Table of Contents

Part I Introduction1. Introduction2. Why plantations?3. Plantation forest in tropical countries4. Plantation organization and StructurePart II Land, Social and Economic Factors, and Planning in Plantation Development5. Land and plantation development6. Social and economic factors in tree-planting and plantation development7. Planning the plantation enterprisePart III Plantation Silviculture8. What to plant?9. Seed collection, supply and storage10. Forest nurseries11. Clonal plantations12. Plantation establishment13. Plantation maintenance14. Nutrition of tree crops15. Dynamics of stand growth16. Thinning17. High pruning18. Rotations, regeneration, and coppice19. Protection - an introductionPart IV Tree-Planting and Plantation Forestry in rural Development, Soil Conservation, Rehabilitation, Environmental Considerations and sustainability20. Tree-planting in rural development and agroforestry21. Protective afforestation22. Plantations for ecosystem rehabilitation and restoration23. Afforestation of inhospitable sites24. Ecological factors and sustainability of plantations, Conclusion

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`This book provides the student with a comprehensive introduction or the practitioner or development specialist with an overview of plantation forestry and tree planting in tropical countries as part of sound land use.' Rural Development Forestry Network, Newsletter 14