By Claude Martin
Nowhere eise on this planet did industrialized international locations depart such early marks within the rainforest as in West Africa. earlier and current advancements listed below are in a single method or the opposite major for rainforests on different continents as weil. West Africa is a pioneer in either a superb and a nasty experience. this can be cause adequate to take a better Iook on the background of wet tropical West Africa. till lately, not anyone rather appeared to be drawn to the rainforests apart from a couple of experts. The world's clinical neighborhood overlooked to check the incalculable riches of tropical forests, to make the general public conscious of them and their due significance. even supposing interdisciplinary learn has been a well-liked subject for a few a long time now, it used to be no longer utilized to simply the main advanced habitat on the earth. Scientists from all fields studied purely that which used to be simplest to list, likely ignorant of a myriad of info looking forward to nearer exam. Botanists wentabout developing their herbariums and paid a lot too little cognizance to the crops as a complete, or to the importance of worthwhile crops for neighborhood populations. Zoologists, too, busied themselves with gathering and describing species. Anthropologists, however, tended to miss faunal info: of their lack of knowledge of the animal international, they wrote of tigers and deer in Africa. and at last, foresters observed neither the wooded area nor the timber for the trees - or even stressed rainforests with monocultures of fir bushes.
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Swiss forest engineer Adrian Sommer differentiated in the study between the natural distribution area of tropical moist forests and the actual forest cover then remaining . 62 million square kilometers, a surface about the size of the combined areas of india, Nepal, Bhutan and Bangladesh. 69 million square kilometers (74%) in Central Africa, 680000 square kilometers (19%) in West Africa and 250 000 square kilometers (7 %) in East Africa including the islands off the east coast. it is peculiar, however, that Angola with 80 000 square kilometers of tropical moist forest was listed under West Africa.
39 Angolan black-and-white colobus (Co/obus angolensis) Diversity decreases steadily however, the further one moves from the core of an endemism center. 63% of the forest-dwelling mammal species in Africa occur within the region of a single center of endemism . lnterestingly enough, these pockets of species richness are found exclusively in zones of maximal precipitation and correspond with the forest refuge areas of the former cool and dry periods. The colobus monkey quickly moving through the branches of the forest canopy, or the duiker antelope darting through the underbrush of the rainforest both serve to remind us of the drastic climatic events in Africa tens of thousands of years ago!
69 million square kilometers (74%) in Central Africa, 680000 square kilometers (19%) in West Africa and 250 000 square kilometers (7 %) in East Africa including the islands off the east coast. it is peculiar, however, that Angola with 80 000 square kilometers of tropical moist forest was listed under West Africa. Further, the mosaic of rainforest and savannah vegetation along the edges of the distribution area was included in the category of rainforest. This theoreticai area of distribution determined by the study was probably valid until the beginning of last century.