Land Use, Nature Conservation and the Stability of Rainforest Margins in Southeast Asia

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Gerhard Gerold, Michael Fremerey, Edi Guhardja
Springer Science & Business Media, Jan 12, 2004 - Nature - 533 pages
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Southeast Asia constitutes one of the world's most extended rainforest regions. It is characterized by a high degree of biodiversity and contains a large variety of endemic species. Moreover, these forests provide a number of important and sin gular ecosystem services, like erosion protection and provision of high quality wa ter, which cannot be replaced by alternative ecosystems. However, various forms of encroachment, mostly those made by human interventions, seriously threaten the continuance of rainforests in this area. There is ample evidence that the rainforest resources, apart from large scale commercial logging, are exposed to danger particularly from its margin areas. These areas, which are characterized by intensive man-nature interaction, have been identified as extremely fragile systems. The dynamic equilibrium that bal ances human needs and interventions on the one hand, and natural regeneration capacity on the other, is at stake. The decrease of rainforest resources is, to a sub stantial degree, connected with the destabilization of these systems. Accordingly, the search for measures and processes, which prevent destabilization and promote stability is regarded as imperative. This refers to both the human and the natural part of the forest margin ecosystem.
  

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Contents

Forest Margin Protection and Community Involvement
27
Historical Impacts on Use and Management of Natural Resources in
39
The Lost Souls of the Pekurehua of the Napu
67
Analysis of Demographic Structure
89
Social Formation Agrarian Structure and Forest
105
Traditional Land Tenure among the Black Thai and its Implication on
119
Creating Political Capital to Promote Devolution in the Forestry Sector
159
Does Technical Progress in Agriculture have a Forest Saving or a Forest
179
Forest Resource Use by People in Protected Areas and its Implications
239
LandUse Change Biodiversity and Ecosystem Functioning in West
253
Tree Composition in Secondary Forest of Lore Lindu National Park Central
269
Losing Ground but Still Doing Well Tarsius dianae in HumanAltered
299
The Use of Models to Assess the Impact of Land Use Change on Ecological
311
Home Range Diet and Behaviour of the Tonkean Macaque Macaco
313
Predicting Losses of Bird Species from Deforestation in Central Sulawesi
327
The Effects of Rainforest Conversion on Water Balance Water Yield
353

Are They Really Driven by Despair?
199
A Sustainable Land
213
Rain Forest Margins and their Dynamics in SouthEast Ethiopia
217
Tragedy of
367
Growth and Phosphorus Nutrition of Maize in Pot and Field Experiments
391
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