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2.1 Introduction

The Africa region report is divided into a regional introduction and summary and three sub-regional sections: 1) tropical and non-tropical southern Africa, 2) west moist and central Africa, and 3) west and east Sahelian Africa. A number of selected country reports provide examples and insight into fire conditions. For other countries, brief descriptions are provided as well as bibliographic or Internet references. The north African countries are included in the Mediterranean fire report (Europe region).

In this introductory section various manuscripts authored by Winston S. W. Trollope (Department Livestock and Pasture Science, Faculty of Agriculture, University Fort Hare, Alice, South Africa) have been used, notably Trollope (2000). The introduction to southern Africa is from the regional analysis of vegetation and fire regimes by Brian van Wilgen and Robert J. Scholes (1997).

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