The Healing Power of Forests

by Akira Miyawaki and Elgene O. Box

Most of us still take for granted the trees around us, even in urban settings. Trees will not always be plentiful, however. This important book shows us how wrong–and dangerous for the future–our assumptions can be. The rapid diminishing of forested areas to meet growing demands for timber and land is a major reason for the large-scale human tragedies that result from natural disasters. Professor Miyawaki describes his successful techniques for recreating depleted forests, whether near factory sites, parking lots or even the Great Wall of China, on the basis of environmental studies. The book ends by challenging us to plant ‘native forests of native trees’ to increase the chances for achieving a sustainable way of life before it is too late.

Akira Miyawaki, a professor emeritus at Yokohama National University, established the world-renowned Institute of Environmental Science and Technology and is director of the Japanese Center for International Studies in Ecology. A former president of the International Association for Ecology and vice-president of the International Association for Vegetation Science, he has conducted afforestation projects at more than fifteen hundred sites in Japan and abroad. He is a recipient of the 2006 Blue Planet Prize.

Elgene O. Box is a professor in the Department of Geography and Faculty of Ecology at the University of Georgia and has served three terms as president of the International Association for Vegetation Science. Creator of some of the first global models and predictive maps in ecology, he also initiated the use of envelope models to study biotic responses to global climate change. Dr Box has conducted field research on all continents.

294 pp. 13.3 x 1.5 x 21 cm (Paperback)




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