Vanishing Rain Forests: The Ecological Transition in Malaysia

Paperback | April 1, 1994

byS. Robert Aiken, Colin H. Leigh

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Malaysia is one of the world's most biologically diverse regions, but vast tracts of forests with their abundant and diverse fauna and flora, have been cleared or degraded in recent times. This book provides an invaluable overview of the ecological, social and economic history of Malaysia'srain forests, and the consequences of their decline. The book examines what has been done to conserve the region's natural wealth and recommends changes to help develop a more sustainable future. It is a valuable case study demonstrating the enormous complexity of issues underlying tropical deforestation and highlighting the danger of formingover-simplistic conclusions.

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Malaysia is one of the world's most biologically diverse regions, but vast tracts of forests with their abundant and diverse fauna and flora, have been cleared or degraded in recent times. This book provides an invaluable overview of the ecological, social and economic history of Malaysia'srain forests, and the consequences of their d...

S. Robert Aiken, Associate Professor, Department of Geography, Concordia University. Colin H. Leigh, Professional Officer, Melbourne Parks and Waterways.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:212 pages, 9.69 × 9.69 × 0.07 inPublished:April 1, 1994Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0198549598

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Whither tropical rain forest?The rain forests of MalaysiaResource utilization and forest conversion: processes and policiesThe human impactConservation: towards a sustainable futureAn essay by way of conclusionNotesReferencesIndex

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`a very comprehensive, well researched and scholarly account on the topical subject of the increasing rate of rain forest loss ... The reviewer congratulates the authors on the production of this well documented and thought provoking book and strongly recommmends tht it is read by all tropicalforesters, conservationists and environmentalists, especially those interested and working in the tropical moist forest.'J. Wyatt-Smith, Commonwealth Forestry Review 75 (3), 1996