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Distribution and ecology of vascular plants in a tropical rain forest

Forest vegetation in Ghana

  • J. B. Hall
  • M. D. Swaine
Book

Part of the Geobotany book series (GEOB, volume 1)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XVI
  2. Introduction to Ghanaian forest

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. J. B. Hall, M. D. Swaine
      Pages 3-11
    3. J. B. Hall, M. D. Swaine
      Pages 12-18
    4. J. B. Hall, M. D. Swaine
      Pages 19-28
    5. J. B. Hall, M. D. Swaine
      Pages 29-41
    6. J. B. Hall, M. D. Swaine
      Pages 42-54
    7. J. B. Hall, M. D. Swaine
      Pages 55-62
    8. J. B. Hall, M. D. Swaine
      Pages 63-70
    9. J. B. Hall, M. D. Swaine
      Pages 71-100
  3. The maps

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 101-101
    2. J. B. Hall, M. D. Swaine
      Pages 103-108
    3. J. B. Hall, M. D. Swaine
      Pages 318-321
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 323-383

About this book

Introduction

It is a privilege to be asked and a pleasurable duty for me to write the foreword of this book. The conservation and wise utilisation of the humid tropical forests, a unique biome, are matters of great concern and importance to millions living within and around these forests and, perhaps, less directly, to the totality of mankind. These forests provide many essential products and services for mankind. The list is lengthy and need not be repeated here. Suffice it to say that there are not many aspects of human activity which do not utilise some of these products, services or derivatives therefrom. Yet it is the view of those most closely associated with the study of these forests that what is known is but a minuscule portion of whatthere is to know. The products and services now utilised, are perhaps some infinitesimal part of the full potential. All over the tropical world, however, these forests are being destroyed. At first, slowly, but now surely gathering tempo. This is true also of Ghana. Tracts offorest land are converted to other uses, often ephemeral and not sustained. Irreversible changes take place in our environment. The gains are shortlived, the losses unobtrusively accumulate and stay forever. The accelerating rate of deforestation, in the face of our relatively scanty knowledge of this biome, is indeed a sad reflection of the state of human affairs. It is in this setting that one welcomes this book by Messrs. J. B. Hall and M. D. Swaine.

Keywords

ecology forest plants

Authors and affiliations

  • J. B. Hall
    • 1
  • M. D. Swaine
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of BotanyUniversity of GhanaAccraGhana

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-009-8650-3
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1981
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-94-009-8652-7
  • Online ISBN 978-94-009-8650-3
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