Tropical Hardwood Utilization: Practice and Prospects

  • Roelof A. A. Oldeman
  • R. G. Fontaine
  • J. P. Guillard
  • J. D. Brazier
  • K. D. Menon
  • A. Overbeek

Part of the Forestry Sciences book series (FOSC, volume 3)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XVIII
  2. Introduction

    1. T. J. Peck
      Pages 1-17
  3. Tropical Hardwood Resources

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 19-19
    2. R. G. Fontaine
      Pages 21-25
    3. FAO
      Pages 27-31
    4. R. A. A. Oldeman, J. H. A. Boerboom
      Pages 97-105
    5. F. N. Tamolang, J. A. Meniado, B. C. de Vela, F. R. Lopez
      Pages 107-124
    6. Roelof A. A. Oldeman, R. G. Fontaine, J. P. Guillard, J. D. Brazier, K. D. Menon, A. Overbeek
      Pages 125-142
  4. Tropical Hardwood Markets and Marketing

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 143-143
    2. J. Guillard
      Pages 145-149
    3. ECE/FAO Timber Section
      Pages 151-247
    4. R. C. Stadelman
      Pages 249-258
    5. G. Russodimos, G. Sahlberg, UCBT
      Pages 287-305
    6. Ghana Timber Marketing Board, A. Miller
      Pages 307-316
  5. End-Uses of Tropical Hardwoods

  6. Grading and Standardization

  7. Tropical Hardwood Expertise — International Cooperation

  8. Back Matter
    Pages 577-584

About this book


Roelof A. A. Oldeman Tropical hardwoods are one of the essential cogs in the complex socio-economic machinery keeping alive an ever-increasing humanity with steadily rising claims upon a finite-resource environment. Their position in this context at first sight seems to be analogous to that of other commodities, such as rubber, metals, mineral oil, tropical fruits and many more. Looking closer, however, tropical hardwoods occupy a special place. Their vast majority, unlike tropical crops, still comes forth from natural forests being exploited by man. This exploitation straight from the natural resource is something they have in common with oil and metals, but the fact that they grow in living systems places them closer to crops. Natural forest ecosystems are not renewable. Timber producing trees, however, can be made into a renewable resource on condition that ways and means are found to cultivate them as a crop. be understood as a socio-economic The tropical hardwood situation can best chain, with the resource base at one end, the consumer community at the other and everything that has to do with the market in the middle. Now, at the resource side, the economics of tropical hardwood extraction barely got out of the primeval ways of wood-gathering by hand and by axe, which were still predominant in the nineteen-forties. There, the offer of natural products was so immense and so near to hand that no care had to be taken of the resource.


environment forest forestry tropical forest

Editors and affiliations

  • Roelof A. A. Oldeman
    • 1
  • R. G. Fontaine
    • 2
  • J. P. Guillard
    • 6
  • J. D. Brazier
    • 3
  • K. D. Menon
    • 4
  • A. Overbeek
    • 5
  1. 1.Landbouwhogeschool, Vakgroep BosteeltWageningenNetherlands
  2. 2.Evian-Les-BainsFrance
  3. 3.Princes Risborough LaboratoryBuilding Research EstablishmentPrinces Risborough, Aylesbury, BuckinghamshireGreat Britain
  4. 4.Kuala LumpurMalaysia
  5. 5.Nederlandse HoutacademieRenkumNetherlands
  6. 6.Écoledu G.R.E.F.Nancy CedexFrance

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 1982
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-90-481-8271-8
  • Online ISBN 978-94-017-3610-7
  • Series Print ISSN 0924-5480
  • Series Online ISSN 1875-1334
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