The Impact of Logging Damage on Tropical Rainforests, their Recovery and Regeneration An Annotated Bibliography
- Published: Wednesday, 28 August 2013 09:55
Authors: W. D. Hawthorne, C. A. M. Marshall, M. Abu Juam and V. K. Agyeman
This annotated bibliography is an output from a DFID/FRP project (R6716 – Impact of harvesting on forest mortality and regeneration in the high forest zones of Ghana). The aim of the project as a whole was to improve our knowledge of the negative impacts of logging in tropical rainforests, and to recommend improvements in the logging system. The focus of the bibliography therefore has a Ghanaian/West African slant, although papers from across the tropics are included as well as some relevant papers from temperate regions. At its core, the bibliography summarizes available knowledge on logging damage and recovery, forest regeneration, and the allometry, growth, dispersal, reproduction and death of trees related to logging disturbance. It also documents the logging system in Ghana. Some key zoological references are included, mainly thanks to the efforts of A. G. Johns and L. Darcy, which cover the impact of logging on tropical forest animal biodiversity, the role of animals as dispersers and pollinators, and as bio-indicators of forest condition. Social and economic impacts of logging are not treated, although they are of direct relevance to tropical forest management and conservation. This is a broad set of subject areas, each of which is extensive on its own, with a disproportionate amount of unpublished ‘grey’ literature circulating in internal reports and bulletins. We have tried to obtain some of the more relevant documents in the time available, but there must be very many more.