Sustainable Management of Tropical Rainforests: The CELOS Management System

M.J.A. Werger (ed.)(2011)
Tropenbos International, Paramaribo, Suriname, (Tropenbos Series 25), 282 pp.
ISBN: 978-90-5113-101-7
ISSN: 1383-6811

This book, with contributions from 25 authors, tells in brief the history of forestry in Suriname and some other tropical countries. It reveals how the work on forestry in Suriname led to the development of a potentially sustainable forest management system, integrating a harvesting and a silvicultural system. And it documents the long-term effects of applying this system as apparent from a great deal of research in experimental forest stands of CELOS in Suriname. This information holds the evidence to determine the potential of the CELOS Management System to serve as a model for other systems of sustainable management of tropical forests in Suriname and beyond, particularly in other Latin American countries in the region with similar forests.

The book reports work that was done in the past under the auspices of Wageningen University, over a long period of time, and many of the authors of the book are previous staff members of our group. Of the current staff and students, the book includes input from Marielos Peña-Claros, Kwame Oduro and Frits Mohren. It is very nice to see the collection of research results grouped together in this volume, which to a large extent we can consider as a product of our chair group as the book started out as a FEM project.

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