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Ecology of Angola

Terrestrial Biomes and Ecoregions

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  • Presents a unique comprehensive account of the diversity and vulnerability of the terrestrial ecosystems of Angola
  • Provides an African perspective on ecology from 20 years of literature
  • Focuses on one biodiverse African country: Angola
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Table of contents (20 chapters)

  1. An Introduction to Angola’s Biomes and Ecoregions

  2. Determinants of Pattern: Conditions, Resources and Disturbance

  3. Ecological Concepts and Ecosystem Processes

  4. Ecological Features of Angolan Biomes and Ecoregions


About this book

This open access book richly illustrates the first, and comprehensive, account of the country’s biomes and ecoregions, the driving forces that account for their diversity and vulnerability, and the ecological principles that provide an understanding of the patterns and processes that have shaped landscapes, ecoregions, and ecosystems. Angola encompasses the greatest diversity of terrestrial biomes and is the second richest in terms of ecoregions, of any African country. Yet its biodiversity and the structure and functioning of its ecosystems are largely undocumented. The author draws on personal field observations from over 50 years of involvement in ecological and conservation studies in Angola and across Southern Africa. The vast recent literature published by researchers in neighboring, better resourced countries provides depth to the accounts of ecological principles and processes relevant to Angola and thus contributing to the understanding and sustainable management of its natural resources.


Authors and Affiliations

  • Centro de Investigação em Biodiversidade e Recursos Genéticos (CIBIO), Associação BIOPOLIS, Universidade do Porto, Porto, Portugal

    Brian John Huntley

About the author

Brian John Huntley is a retired professor and conservation scientist from South Africa who helped to develop and transform African national parks. He played a big role in expanding the National Botanical Institute (later SANBI) to become an authoritative repository on South African flora and fauna. As an independent expert, he was a consultant for agencies and international organizations, including the United Nations, with regard to nature conservation. He himself took part in multiple conservation projects around Africa.

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