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Ecology and productivity of an African wetland system

The Kafue Flats, Zambia

  • Authors
  • G.¬†A.¬†Ellenbroek

Part of the Geobotany book series (GEOB, volume 9)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XIV
  2. G. A. Ellenbroek
    Pages 1-4
  3. G. A. Ellenbroek
    Pages 5-32
  4. G. A. Ellenbroek
    Pages 44-84
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  11. G. A. Ellenbroek
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  12. Back Matter
    Pages 257-267

About this book

Introduction

Three and a half years of field study in Zambia and another three years of processing the data and writing up the results and conclusions preceded the publication of this book. During this period many people have assisted me with the collection of field data in Zambia and, after repatriation, with the processing of these data in the Netherlands. The research work carried out in Zambia was initiated by the Kafue Basin Research Committee of the University of Zambia. The members of this Committee felt the need to gather quantitative ecological data to enforce their position in the struggle for the water rights on the Kafue Flats. It was hoped that a study of the productivity of the grasslands on the floodplain and adjacent areas would confirm the expected high rates of primary production and the relation of these to the natural flooding pattern. These results would then serve as a base for the nature conservationist, the agriculturalist and the local people to challenge the demands of the Zambia Electricity Company, that presently governs the artificial flooding pattern. The methods attained to collect the data on productivity and vegetation structure are very time consuming.

Keywords

ecology wetland

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-009-4051-2
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1987
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-94-010-8298-3
  • Online ISBN 978-94-009-4051-2
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