Managing protected areas in the tropics

MacKinnon, J., MacKinnon, K., Child, G. & Thorsell, J. 1986.
IUCN and UNEP (295 pp.)
ISBN 2-88032-808-X

A useful handbook, providing principles, guidelines and case studies.

The forests handbook

Vol. 1. An Overview of Forest Science.
Vol. 2. Applying Forest Science for Sustainable Management.
Evans, J. (Ed.) 2001.
Blackwell Science
ISBN 0-632-04818-2

An authoritative text providing a comprehensive background to and latest developments in forest sciences. The chapter "History and impact of forest management" in Vol. 2 is a useful and balanced overview.

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Collecting plant genetic diversity. Technical guidelines.

Guarino, L., Ramantha Rao, V. & Reid, R. 1995.
CAB International (on behalf of IPGRI, in association with FAO, IUCN and UNEP)
ISBN 0-85198-964 0

A comprehensive reference work aimed at both new and experienced collectors, as well as those with a general interest in plant genetics, breeding and biodiversity. Provides the prospective collector of plant germplasm with generic as well as specific, and theoretical as well as practical, information.

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Handbook of the convention on biological diversity

Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity, 2001.
Earthscan Publications.
ISBN 1853837377

This official Handbook, compiled by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity, contains the full texts of the Convention, the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety and the decisions of the Conference of the Parties from 1994 to 2000. It presents all the most important information about the Convention and the Protocol, including a description of the background to the Convention and its institutional arrangements, a guide to the decisions adopted and a guide to ongoing activities in relation to particular articles and thematic areas. Two indexes allow users to search for key terms and for particular articles, decisions and recommendations.

The accompanying CD-ROM contains the electronic book (e-book) of the handbook, automatically indexed and cross-referenced, with full search facilities. It also holds all the relevant background material to the Convention, linked to relevant decisions and other sources of information.

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Ethnobotany. A methods manual.

Martin, G.J. 1995.
WWF International, UNESCO & Royal Botanic Gardebs, Kew.
Chapman and Hall.
ISBN 0-412-48370

A useful manual which is part of a series of People and Plants Conservation Manuals.

Forest conservation genetics: principles and practice

Young, A., Boshier, B. & Boyle, T. 2000.
CABI International. 360 pp.
ISBN: 0851995047

This excellent text is suitable for advanced students, research workers and professionals in forestry and in plant genetics and conservation biology. There are 22 chapters, grouped into five parts integrating genetic, ecological and socioeconomic information. The book also includes, as a CD-ROM, the population genetics software package POPGENE. Contributors include international authorities from the USA and Canada, Europe, South-East Asia, Australia and New Zealand.

Part 1. Basic principles
Basic genetics, population genetics, genetic tools: the use of biochemical and molecular markers
Part 2. Genetic processes
Mating systems, gene flow in forest trees, small population processes, selection
Part 3. Threats to in situ genetic conservation
Effects of logging and other forms of harvesting on genetic diversity in humid tropical forests; forest fragmentation; effects of environmental pollution on the genetics of forest trees; disease threats and the conservation genetics of forest trees; hybridization and forest conservation
Part 4. Domestication and ex situ conservation
Sampling the gene pools of forest trees for ex situ conservation; effect of forest tree domestication on gene pools; magnitude and implications of gene flow in gene conservation reserves
Part 5. Monitoring, socioeconomics and policy
Genetic markers as a tool for bioindication in forest ecosystems; criteria and indicators for the conservation of genetic diversity; economics and conserving forest genetic diversity: rethinking stakeholder involvement in biodiversity conservation projects; politics, policies and the conservation of forest genetic diversity; limitation and future directions

Reproductive ecology of tropical forest plants

Bawa, K.S. & Hadley, M., eds. 1991.
Man and the biosphere series. Volume 7. UNESCO, Paris, and Parthenon Publishing, Carnforth. 421 pp.
UNESCO ISBN: 92-3-102669-0
Parthenon ISBN: 1-85070-268-3
Series editor Jeffers, J.N.R.

The aim of this book is to review recent developments in the reproductive ecology of tropical forest plants, and to explore the implications of current findings on forest structure, function, management and conservation. It also examines how insights gained from reproductive ecology, defined in a broad sense to include seedling establishment and regeneration, can be helpful in the management of tropical forest resources, and it signposts directions for future research.

The book comprises eight sections. The first introductory section emphasizes the practical application of research in plant reproductive ecology. The next six sections are concerned with phenology, pant pollinator interactions, sexual systems and gene flow, seed and fruit dispersal, seed physiology, seed germination and seedling ecology, regeneration, and reproductive biology in relation to tree improvement programmes. Each section is preceded by a commentary which seeks to provide a general perspective for the papers and highlights their main points. The final section consists of a concluding statement about the workshop in Malaysia, which gave rise to the book, and the general state of tropical forestry.

Biopiracy or green petroleum?

Expectations and best practice
Kate, K. 1995.
Overseas Development Administration, 61pp.

A useful summary, available from the Department for International Development (DFID) (London).

1997 IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants

Walter, K.S. & Gillett, H.J., eds. 1998.
Compiled by the World Conservation Monitoring Centre.
The World Conservation Union (IUCN), Gland, Switzerland and Cambridge, UK. 862pp.

Available from IUCN Publications Services Unit,
219c Huntingdon Road, Cambridge CB3 ODL,
United Kingdom.
Tel. 44 1223 277894
Fax. 44 1223 277175
E-mail: [email protected]

Forest genetic resources conservation and management: Vol. 2 in managed natural forests and protected areas (in situ)

IPGRI (with FAO, DFSC). 2001.
87 pp. ISBN 92-9043-472-4.

This guide is the second volume of three concerned with forest genetic resources. It aims to demonstrate the long- and short-term benefits attainable through genetic conservation, and to provide practical guidance to in situ conservation strategies and methodologies to planners, decision makers, and professionals involved in day-to-day activities in forest conservation and management.

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