Trees of Papua New Guinea
About the Book
The island of New Guinea has a high diversity of species and a high level of endemism, containing more than 5 percent of earth?s biodiversity in just over one half of a percent of the land on the earth. New Guinea supports the largest area of mature tropical moist forest in the Asia/Pacific region. Papua New Guinea consists of the eastern part of the island of New Guinea, plus the islands of the Bismarck Archipelago, Buka, and Bougainville. There are between fifteen thousand and twenty thousand species of vascular plants in Papua New Guinea, with at least two thousand species of trees. The most important challenge for Papua New Guinea is the protection of biological diversity against the pressures resulting from global climate change, inappropriate destructive conversion of natural communities, unsustainable exploitation of forests, national economic development and societal demands, including a fair sharing of the nation?s wealth, and law and order issues.
There are very few resources available to natural resource managers, environmental scientists, nongovernment agencies, and various extractive industries, most importantly, the timber industry that will assist in the identification of major tree species within Papua New Guinea. It is hoped that the publication of these three volumes will enable those who are responsible for natural resource management to improve their knowledge of the trees in these forests so that they can fully appreciate the richness of these biologically diverse forests. The forests of Papua New Guinea need to be managed sensitively and sustainably based on advanced evidence-based knowledge.
The Trees of Papua New Guinea publication provides a comprehensive treatment of 668 species of trees (Volume 1: 257 species; Vol. 2: 246 species; Vol. 3: 165 species) that will assist in the identification of the trees of Papua New Guinea.
About the Author
Barry J Conn: Principal Research Scientist (National Herbarium of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia) and Associate Professor (The University of Sydney). He specialised in the systematics of the floras of Malesia, Australasia and Pacific Islands, with special focus on the systematics of the trees of New Guinea and several other plant families. He was employed as a botanist at the Papua New Guinea National Herbarium (Lae) and as a lecturer at the Bulolo Forestry College (1974 -1979). Since 1982, he regularly visited PNG to continue his botanical research and to document and describe trees for the PNGtrees project.
Kipiro Q. Damas: Graduated with a Diploma in Forestry from the Papua New Guinea Forestry College, Bulolo in 1978. Employed as an Assistant Botanist at the Papua New Guinea National Herbarium (Lae) while completing a Bachelor of Forestry Science, PNG University of Technology, in 1992. Continued as a Botanist at the Lae Herbarium. In 2009 he graduated with a Bachelor of Honours from the University of Papua New Guinea and continued to work as the Senior Botanist at Lae. Recently completed his studies for a Master of Science degree at the University of Papua New Guinea.