Forests: A Very Short Introduction [#431]
Forests: A Very Short Introduction [#431]


  • Includes examples from a variety of forests, including boreal and tropical rainforests
  • Explores the history and culture of human-forest interactions
  • Separates fact from myth about the goods and services that forests supply to humans
  • Examines key issues surrounding forest ecosystems, deforestation, and forest conservation and management

Since the dawn of human civilization, forests have provided us with food, resources, and energy. The history of human development is also one of forest loss and transformation, and yet even in our increasingly urbanized societies we remain surprisingly dependent on forests for a wide range of goods and services. Moreover, forests still retain a remarkable hold on our environmental values. In an era of continuing tropical deforestation and temperate forest resurgence, and in the midst of uncertainties of climate and land use changes, it is more important than ever to understand what forests are, how they contribute to our livelihoods, and how they underpin our cultural histories and futures. 
In this Very Short Introduction Jaboury Ghazoul explores our contrasting interactions with forests, as well as their origins, dynamics, and the range of goods and services they provide to human society. Ghazoul concludes with an examination of the recent history of deforestation, transitions to reforestation, and the future outlook for forests particularly in the context of expected climate change.
Reading Guide


1: Forests in human culture
2: Forest origins
3: Many forests
4: Forest dynamics
5: Good and services
6: Past, present and future
Further reading


Jaboury Ghazoul is Professor of Ecosystem Management at ETH Zurich. He was Editor-in-Chief of the journal Biotropica from 2006 to 2013, and is President of the Association of Tropical Biology and Conservation in 2015. He is also author of Tropical Rain Forest Ecology, Diversity, and Conservation (OUP, 2010).

"Although the Very Short Introduction books aim to be accessible introductions to someone new to their subject, there is ample here to stimulate anyone with an interest in forests." - Wilma Harper, Scottish Forestry

"I very much enjoyed this book, and the exercise of thinking of things that I would have liked mentioned was part of the fun there weren't many of these; Jaboury Ghazoul has packed a huge amount into this slim volume. Reading about favourite examples like the Sook Plain and the Eastern White Pine was like seeing old friends again. I heartily recommend this book to forest ecologists, and suggest that anyone beginning a degree in ecology spend an evening reading it." - BES Forest Ecology Group, Dan Bebber


ISBN : 9780198706175

Jaboury Ghazoul
168 ページ
111 x 174 mm
Very Short Introductions





Forests: A Very Short Introduction [#431]

Forests: A Very Short Introduction [#431]

Forests: A Very Short Introduction [#431]