About the book
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.