African Biodiversity

  • Filename: african-biodiversity.
  • ISBN: 9780387243207
  • Release Date: 2007-04-29
  • Number of pages: 443
  • Author: Bernhard Hube
  • Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

In May 2004, the Alexander Koenig Zoological Research Museum hosted the Fifth International Symposium on Tropical Biology. This series was established at the ZFMK in the early 1980s, and has variably focused on systematics and ecology of tropical organisms, with an emphasis on Africa. Previous volumes are those edited by Schuchmann (1985), Peters and Hutterer (1990), Ulrich (1997), and Rheinwald (2000). The symposium in 2004 was organized by the Entomology Department under the direction of Michael Schmitt. The intention was to focus on Africa rather than on a particular taxon, and to highlight biodiversity at all levels ranging from molecules to ecosystems. This focus was timely partly because of the currently running BIOTA Africa programmes (BIOdiversity Monitoring Transect Analysis in Africa). BIOTA is an interdisciplinary research project focusing on sustainable use and conservation of biodiversity in Africa ( Session titles were Biogeography and Speciation Processes, Phylogenetic Patterns and Systematics, Diversity Declines and Conservation, and Applied Biodiversity Informatics. Each session was opened by an invited speaker, and all together 77 lectures and 59 posters were presented. There were over 200 participants and it was gratifying to us to meet colleagues from 26 nations, including Russia, Ukraine, Japan, USA, and ten African countries. We thank all participants for their valuable contributions.

The Biodiversity of African Plants

  • Filename: the-biodiversity-of-african-plants.
  • ISBN: 0792340957
  • Release Date: 1996-06-30
  • Number of pages: 861
  • Author: L.J.G. Van der Maesen
  • Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

The book includes papers on monographs and databases, on diversity of succulents, on various regions such as savannas, lowland rain forests and arid regions, on ecology and conservation, on generic delimitations in flowering plants, and on glacial forest refuges that influence the pattern of present-day floristic composition. Some reports on floral biology and the uses of African plants conclude these proceedings. The book is intended for readers in all disciplines of botany, vegetation science, forestry and nature management in Africa.

Aspects of African Biodiversity

  • Filename: aspects-of-african-biodiversity.
  • ISBN: 9781847559487
  • Release Date: 2010
  • Number of pages: 194
  • Author: Jacob Ogweno Midiwo
  • Publisher: Royal Society of Chemistry

The proceedings of the Pan Africa Chemistry Network Biodiversity Conference which connected African scientists and provides a valuable overview of biodiversity in Africa.

Conserving Biodiversity in East African Forests

  • Filename: conserving-biodiversity-in-east-african-forests.
  • ISBN: 3540424296
  • Release Date: 2002
  • Number of pages: 197
  • Author: W.D. Newmark
  • Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

The Eastern Arc Mountains of East Africa are one of the 17 most threatened tropical ecosystems or hotspots worldwide. This is the first book to examine in detail current threats as well as approaches for conserving biological diversity in this global biodiversity hotspot. This volume synthesizes existing information on the biodiversity of the Eastern Arc Mountains, outlines processes that adversely affect this diversity, and suggests potential approaches for promoting its conservation. While the geographic focus of this book is the Eastern Arc forests, the problems, principles, and approaches discussed in relationship to conserving biodiversity have applicability to nearly all tropical forests worldwide.

Biodiversity of West African Forests

  • Filename: biodiversity-of-west-african-forests.
  • ISBN: 9780851997346
  • Release Date: 2004-01
  • Number of pages: 521
  • Author: Lourens Poorter
  • Publisher: CABI

The rain forests of West Africa have been designated as one of the world's hotspots of biodiversity. This book focuses on the biodiversity and ecology of these forests. It analyses the factors that give rise to biodiversity and the structure of tropical plant communities. It includes an atlas with ecological profiles of 280 rare plant species and 56 large timber species, each with a one page entry including a colour photograph and distribution map.

The East African Great Lakes Limnology Palaeolimnology and Biodiversity

  • Filename: the-east-african-great-lakes-limnology-palaeolimnology-and-biodiversity.
  • ISBN: 9781402007729
  • Release Date: 2002-07-31
  • Number of pages: 587
  • Author: Eric O. Odada
  • Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

The Second International Symposium on the East African Lakes was held from 10-15 January 2000 at Club Makokola on the southern shore of Lake Malawi. The symposium was organized by the International Decade for the East African Lakes (IDEAL), a research consortium of African, European and North American scientists interested in promoting the investigations of African Great Lakes as archives of environmental and climatic dynamics. Over one hundred African, European and North American scientists with special expertise in the tropical lakes participated in the symposium which featured compelling presentations on the limnology, climatology, palaeoclimatology and biodiversity of the East African Lakes. It is their papers that comprise this book. The large lakes of East Africa are important natural resources that are heavily utilized by their bordering countries for transportation, water supply, fisheries, waste disposal, recreation and tourism. The lakes are unique in many ways: they are sensitive to climatic change and their circulation dynamics, water-column chemistry and biological complexity differ significantly from large lakes at higher latitudes; they have long, continuous, high resolution records of past climatic change; and they have rich and diverse populations of endemic organisms. These unique properties and the significance of the palaeolimnological records demand and attract research interest from around the world.

The Status and Distribution of Freshwater Biodiversity in Central Africa

  • Filename: the-status-and-distribution-of-freshwater-biodiversity-in-central-africa.
  • ISBN: 9782831713267
  • Release Date: 2011
  • Number of pages: 126
  • Author: E. G. E. Brooks
  • Publisher: IUCN

One of the main reasons cited for inadequate representation of biodiversity in the development processes is a lack of readily available information on inland water taxa. In response to this need for basic for information on species, the IUCN Species Programme conducted a regional assessment of the status and distribution of 2,261 taxa of freshwater fishes, molluscs, odonates, crabs and selected families of aquatic plants from throughout central Africa. This study is based on the collation and analysis of existing information, and the knowledge of regional experts.

The Status and Distribution of Freshwater Biodiversity in Northern Africa

  • Filename: the-status-and-distribution-of-freshwater-biodiversity-in-northern-africa.
  • ISBN: 9782831712710
  • Release Date: 2010-01-01
  • Number of pages: 141
  • Author: Nieves GarcĂ­a
  • Publisher: IUCN

This assessment is the first overview of the conservation status of 877 northern African freshwater species belonging to five taxonomic groupsfish, molluscs, dragonflies and damselflies, freshwater crabs and aquatic plantsin accordance with the IUCN regional Red List guidelines. Species at risk of regional extinction are mapped and conservation measures are proposed to reduce the probability of future declines.

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