Chapter 6. Will Bigleaf Mahogany Be Conserved through Sustainable Use?

  1. E. J. Milner-Gulland2 and
  2. Ruth Mace3
  1. R. E. Gullison

Published Online: 5 AUG 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444313598.ch6

Conservation of Biological Resources

Conservation of Biological Resources

How to Cite

Gullison, R. E. (1998) Will Bigleaf Mahogany Be Conserved through Sustainable Use?, in Conservation of Biological Resources (eds E. J. Milner-Gulland and R. Mace), Blackwell Science Ltd, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444313598.ch6

Editor Information

  1. 2

    Ecosystems Analysis and Management Group, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Warwick, Coventry CV4 7AL, UK

  2. 3

    Department of Anthropology, University College London, Gower Street, London WC1E 6BT, UK

Author Information

  1. Renewable Resources Assessment Group, Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine, 8 Princes Gardens, London SW7 1NA, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 5 AUG 2009
  2. Published Print: 28 JUL 1998

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780865427389

Online ISBN: 9781444313598



  • neotropical mahoganies - longest commercial history with inter-continental trade;
  • rot-resistance and fine working quality in boat building;
  • ecology of mahogany and problems facing management;
  • Bigleaf mahogany as climax species;
  • Amazonian mahogany ecology - poorly understood;
  • mahogany management problems;
  • unregulated logging and genetic erosion;
  • Bolivia and logging mahogany;
  • conservation initiatives and enforcement issues;
  • sustainable forestry - alternative approach to mahogany conservation


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Historical use of mahogany

  • Ecology of mahogany

  • Problems in managing mahogany

  • Conservation initiatives and enforcement issues

  • Concluding Remarks