Open access peer-reviewed Edited Volume

Natural Resources Management and Biological Sciences

Edward R Rhodes

Njala University


Nitrogen fixation rhizobia carbon dioxide fertilization soil groups and erosion soil health Internal surface water internal ground water arable land reserves forests savannahs marine and inland fisheries plant animal and microbial biodiversity

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Sustainable management of the earth’s natural resources is crucial for sustaining livelihoods of urban and rural populations, environmental protection, food security, peace and indeed the survival of humanity. There is widespread perception that the natural resources are degrading due mainly to the activities of men and women. A comprehensive analysis of the natural resources and their management is lacking. The book aims to contribute to bridging this gap through a presentation of evidence on various aspects of natural resources and management in tropical environments, especially within the realms of the biological and earth sciences and in the context of climate change. More specifically, it deals with the status, conservation, exploitation and productivity of natural resources at sub-country, country, regional or continental scales and the opportunities and challenges associated with their management. The subject matter to be covered includes (i) nitrogen and carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, (ii) soils and mineral deposits, (iii)surface and underground water (iv) land and vegetation, (v) marine and inland fisheries and (vi) biodiversity. The findings from the study are expected to inform research, development and policy agendas and undergraduate- level teaching curricula.

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Book initiated and editor appointed

Date completed: September 10th 2019

Applications to edit the book are assessed and a suitable editor is selected, at which point the process begins.

Chapter proposals submitted and reviewed

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Approved chapters written in full and submitted

Deadline for full chapters: November 30th 2019

Once approved by the academic editor and publishing review team, chapters are written and submitted according to pre-agreed parameters

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Review results due: February 18th 2020

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Expected publication date: April 18th 2020

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About the editor

Edward R Rhodes

Njala University

Edward Ronald Rhodes has a BSc in Agriculture from the University of Sierra Leone and a Ph.D. in Soil Science from Aberdeen University, United Kingdom. He is Professor Emeritus of Soil Science. He has about 30 years experience in teaching, conducting and supervising research in soil science at Njala University. He was Fulbright-Hays Research Scholar at Colorado State University, the USA where he conducted research on chemical equilibria in soils. He was on the staff of the International Fertilizer Development Center in Togo and the Food and Agriculture Organization in Malawi and did research and development on soil fertility management on farmers fields. His research and development interests have expanded to include climate smart agriculture. He is a member of the College of Research Associates of the United Nations University Institute for Natural Resources in Africa. Professor Rhodes was President of the University of Sierra Leone Research Council. He was Pro-Chancellor of Njala University, Chief Executive Officer of the National Agricultural Research Coordinating Council, and Chairman of the Council of the Sierra Leone Agricultural Research Institute.

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