Climate Change Impacts on Tropical Forests in Central America

Author: Aline Chiabai
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317961501
Format: PDF
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The loss of biodiversity is a major environmental problem in nearly every terrestrial ecosystem on Earth. This loss is accelerating driven by climate change, as well as by other causes including agricultural exploitation, fragmentation and degradation triggered by land use changes. The crucial issue under debate is the impact on the welfare of current and future population, and the role of humans in the exploitation of natural resources. This is of particular importance in Central America, which it is amongst the richest and most threatened biodiversity regions on the Earth, and where the loss of ecosystems strongly affects its socio-economic vulnerability. This book addresses the impacts of climate and land-use change on tropical forest ecosystems in this important region, and assesses the expected economic costs if no policy action is taken, under different future scenarios and for different geographical scales. This innovative collection utilises both theoretical approaches and empirical results to provide a conceptual framework for an integrated analysis of climate and land-use change impacts on forest ecosystems and related economic effects, offering insight into the complex relationship between ecosystems and benefits to humans. This important contribution to forest ecosystems and climate change provides invaluable reading for students and scholars in the fields of environmental and ecological economics, environmental science and forestry, natural resource management, agriculture and climate change.

Gender and Forests

Author: Carol J. Pierce Colfer
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317355679
Format: PDF, Mobi
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This enlightening book brings together the work of gender and forestry specialists from various backgrounds and fields of research and action to analyse global gender conditions as related to forests. Using a variety of methods and approaches, they build on a spectrum of theoretical perspectives to bring depth and breadth to the relevant issues and address timely and under-studied themes. Focusing particularly on tropical forests, the book presents both local case studies and global comparative studies from Africa, Asia, and Latin America, as well as the US and Europe. The studies range from personal histories of elderly American women’s attitudes toward conservation, to a combined qualitative / quantitative international comparative study on REDD+, to a longitudinal examination of oil palm and gender roles over time in Kalimantan. Issues are examined across scales, from the household to the nation state and the global arena; and reach back to the past to inform present and future considerations. The collection will be of relevance to academics, researchers, policy makers and advocates with different levels of familiarity with gender issues in the field of forestry.

Sustainable Forest Management

Author: John L. Innes
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISBN: 1136456775
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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Sustainable Forest Management provides the necessary material to educate students about forestry and the contemporary role of forests in ecosystems and society. This comprehensive textbook on the concept and practice of sustainable forest management sets the standard for practice worldwide. Early chapters concentrate on conceptual aspects, relating sustainable forestry management to international policy. In particular, they consider the concept of criteria and indicators and how this has determined the practice of forest management, taken here to be the management of forested lands and of all ecosystems present on such lands. Later chapters are more practical in focus, concentrating on the management of the many values associated with forests. Overall the book provides a major new synthesis which will serve as a textbook for undergraduates of forestry as well as those from related disciplines such as ecology or geography who are taking a course in forests or natural resource management.

Forests Business and Sustainability

Author: Rajat Panwar
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317675266
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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Forests are under tremendous pressure from human uses of all kinds, and one of the most significant threats to their sustainability comes from commercial interests. This book presents a comprehensive examination of the interactions between the forest products sector and the sustainability of forests. It captures the most current sustainability concerns within the forestry sector and various sustainability-oriented initiatives to address these. Experts from around the world analyze interconnected topics including market mechanisms, regulatory mechanisms, voluntary actions, and governance, and outline their effectiveness, potential, and limitations. By presenting a novel overview of the burgeoning field of business sustainability within the forestry sector, this book paves a way forward in understanding what is working, what is not working, and what could potentially work to ensure sustainable business practices within the forestry sector,

Rainforest Tourism Conservation and Management

Author: Bruce Prideaux
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1136201092
Format: PDF, Docs
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Globally rainforests are under threat on numerous fronts, including clearing for agriculture, harvesting for timber and urban expansion. Yet they have a crucial role in biodiversity conservation, climate change mitigation and providing other ecosystem services. Rainforests are also attractive tourist spaces and where they have been used as a tourism resource they have generated significant income for local communities. However, not all use of rainforests as a tourism resource has been sustainable. This book argues that sustainability must be the foundation on which tourism use of this complex but ultimately fragile ecosystem is built upon. It provides a multi-disciplinary perspective, incorporating rainforest science, management and tourism issues. The book is organized into four sections commencing with 'Tourism in rainforest regions', followed by 'Threats to rainforest tourism' and 'The development and management of rainforest experiences', and finally 'Wildlife and rainforest tourism'. Each major rainforest region is covered, including the Amazon, Central America, Africa, Australia and south-east Asia, in the context of a specific issue. For example, rainforests in Papua New Guinea are examined in the context of community-based ecotourism development, while the rainforests in Borneo are discussed in an examination of wildlife issues. Other issues covered in this manner include governance, empowerment issues for rainforest peoples and climate change.

Genug Holz f r Stadt und Fluss Wiens Holzressourcen in dynamischen Donau Auen

Author: Severin Hohensinner
Publisher: Guthmann-Peterson, Wien
ISBN: 3900782741
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Was wissen wir heute über die natürliche Produktivität der Auwälder an großen Flüssen vor der Regulierung und über deren ehemalige Funktion als Rohstoffquelle für erneuerbare Energie? Können wir aus einer historischen Rekonstruktion der ehemals verfügbaren Holzressourcen Rückschlüsse für ein nachhaltiges Ressourcenmanagement ziehen? Die Beantwortung dieser Fragen war Ziel des Forschungsprojekts „Genug Holz für Stadt und Fluss? - Wiens Holzressourcen in dynamischen Donau-Auen“. Am Beispiel der Wiener Donau-Flusslandschaft vor der Regulierung 1820 - 1830 untersuchte ein interdisziplinäres Team bestehend aus Flussmorphologen, Gewässer-, Vegetations- und Forstökologen sowie Umwelthistorikerinnen drei zentrale Themenkreise: (1) Flussmorphologisch-forstökologische Standortsbedingungen und natürliches Potenzial der dynamischen Donau-Auen vor der Regulierung Holzressourcen zu produzieren, (2) Historischer Umgang einer ehemals biomassebasierten Gesellschaft mit lokal verfügbaren Holzressourcen in Wien, (3) Zukünftige Entwicklungsmöglichkeiten von Donau-Auwäldern unter Berücksichtigung ökologisch-naturschutzfachlicher Ziele und forstwirtschaftlicher Anforderungen für die Produktion erneuerbarer Energieressourcen. Neben naturwissenschaftlichen Erkenntnissen für eine nachhaltige Nutzung naturnaher, teilweise „redynamisierter“ Auwälder lieferte das Forschungsprojekt auch neue Beiträge zur Wiener Stadtgeschichte und zur historischen Veränderung der Donau-Flusslandschaft.

OECD Umweltausblick bis 2030

Author: OECD
Publisher: OECD Publishing
ISBN: 9264043322
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Der OECD-Umweltausblick bis 2030 liefert Analysen ökonomischer und ökologischer Trends bis 2030 sowie Simulationen politischer Maßnahmen zur Bewältigung der wichtigsten Herausforderungen.

Sicherheitsrisiko Klimawandel

Author: Wissenschaftlicher Beirat der Bundesregierung Globale Umweltveränderungen (WBGU)
Publisher: Springer-Verlag
ISBN: 3540732489
Format: PDF, Docs
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Verteilungskämpfe in und zwischen Ländern – um Wasser, um Land, um die Bewältigung von Flüchtlingsbewegungen. Gewalt und Destabilisierung könnten die (inter)nationale Sicherheit in naher Zukunft in einem bisher unbekannten Ausmaß bedrohen. Aktuell und interdisziplinär schildert der "Wissenschaftliche Beirat der Bundesregierung Globale Umweltveränderungen" (WBGU) die Chance: das gemeinsame, energische und weltweite Gegensteuern des Staatenbundes.

Das Panoptikum

Author: Jeremy Bentham
Publisher: Matthes & Seitz Berlin Verlag
ISBN: 388221113X
Format: PDF, ePub
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Überwachen und Strafen Im Panoptikum, Jeremy Benthams idealem Gefängnis- und Erziehungsbau, werden die Delinquenten permanenter Überwachung durch einen Aufseher unterzogen, der im Mittelpunkt eines kreisförmigen Gebäudes sitzt. Aber zu welchem Zweck? Michel Foucault interpretierte in seinem Werk Überwachen und Strafen (1975) Benthams Bau als Prototyp für die latente Perversion bürgerlicher Aufklärung, die Schizophrenie eines Liberalismus, der stets das Gute will und stets das Böse schafft. Aber stimmt das wirklich? Die erste deutsche Übersetzung von Panoptikum offenbart die Aktualität von Benthams Gedankenwelt. Als Begründer des Utilitarismus und Anhänger des Wirtschaftsliberalismus war er davon überzeugt, dass der Kapitalismus der wahre Schlüssel zum Glück des Menschen ist - und nichts anderes als den Weg zum Glück wollte er mit dem Panoptikum jedem Menschen ebnen. Ebook-Version ohne Interview mit Michel Foucault.