Degraded Forests in Eastern Africa: management and restoration

F. Bongers, T. Tennigkeit

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Forest degradation as a result of logging, shifting cultivation, agriculture and urban development is a major issue throughout the tropics. It leads to loss in soil fertility, water resources and biodiversity, as well as contributing to climate change. Efforts are therefore required to try to minimize further degradation and restore tropical forests in a sustainable way. This is the first research-based book to examine this problem in East Africa. The specific focus is on the forests of Ethiopia, Tanzania and Uganda, but the lessons learned are shown to be applicable to neighboring countries and others in the tropics. A wide range of forest types is covered, from dry Miombo forest and afromontane forests, to forest-savanna mosaics and wet forest types. Current management practices are assessed and examples of good practice presented. The role of local people is also emphasized. The authors describe improved management and restoration through silviculture, plantation forestry and agroforestry, leading to improvements in timber production, biodiversity conservation and the livelihoods of local people.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherThe Eartscan Library
Number of pages370
ISBN (Electronic)9781849776400
ISBN (Print)9781844077670
Publication statusPublished - 2010

Publication series

NameThe Earthscan forestry library


  • tropical forests
  • degraded forests
  • forests
  • environmental degradation
  • biodiversity
  • water resources
  • climatic change
  • forest management
  • silviculture
  • agroforestry
  • nature conservation
  • east africa

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    Bongers, F., & Tennigkeit, T. (2010). Degraded Forests in Eastern Africa: management and restoration. (The Earthscan forestry library). The Eartscan Library.