Solomon Islands Forest Life: information on biology & management of forest resources

SIFL_CoverSolomon Islands Forest Life is a terrestrial ecology and conservation textbook for secondary school students in the Solomon Islands. The book gives an overview of the terrestrial environments of Solomon Islands, their ecology, important species, and some of the key threats they face.

Chapters are:

  • Introduction to Environments
  • Flora (algae, bryophytes, ferns, gymnosperms, flowering plants)
  • Fungi
  • Fauna (invertebrates, freshwater fish, amphibians, reptiles, mammals, birds)
  • Critical Issues (forest resource management, deforestation, plastic and pollution, invasive species, climate change)
  • Guide to common forest life of Solomon Islands (species descriptions)
  • Glossary

All sections are lavishly illustrated with high quality photographs and graphics and can be downloaded and distributed freely from the following links:

Solomon Islands Forest Life – low resolution file download (17MB)

Solomon Islands Forest Life – high resolution file download (123MB)

The Solomon Islands are one of the most biologically rich archipelagos on earth. Huge proportions of the animals and plants found there are endemic, meaning they are found nowhere else on earth. These species are closely linked to the culture, livelihoods and well-being of people.

Commercial logging, mining and a fast rate of population growth threaten the forests of Solomon Islands and are placing increasing pressure on natural resources. This book aims to complement the already deep understanding of the terrestrial environment by Solomon Islanders, allowing them to learn more and assist them in understanding how to manage new threats.

SIML_coverSolomon Islands Forest Life and its companion Solomon Islands Marine Life, together provide a unique resource on the extraordinary natural world of the Solomon Islands.

Solomon Islands Marine Life was published in 2013 by Simon Albert, Ian Tibbetts and James Udy.

Chapters are:

  • Introduction to marine life
  • Marine plants (seagrass, marine algae, mangroves)
  • Marine invertebrates
  • Marine vertebrates (fish, turtles, sharks)
  • Critical issues (water quality, climate changes, marine resource management)
  • Guide to  marine life of Solomon Islands

It can also  be downloaded and distributed freely from the following links:

Solomon Islands Marine Life – low resolution file download (13.5MB)

Solomon Islands Marine Life – high resolution file download (194MB)

Please consider donating via this link to support printing and free distribution of Solomon Islands Forest Life to Solomon Islands schools. The cost of printing one copy is AUD$15.

Publication of this book would not have been possible without the contributions of Simon Albert , David Boseto, Tammy Davies , John Fasi, Corzzierrah Posala, Jonathan Richmond, John Schenk, Brian Weeks and Claudia Blomberg (review).

Tyrone Lavery, Patrick Pikacha and Diana Fisher (The University of Queensland, Brisbane, ISBN: 978-1-74272-157-6)

The Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund is a joint initiative of l’Agence Française de Développement, Conservation International, the European Union, the Global Environment Facility, the Government of Japan, the MacArthur Foundation and the World Bank. A fundamental goal is to ensure civil society is engaged in biodiversity conservation.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s