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Human health and forests a global overview of issues, practice, and policy

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Published by Earthscan in London, Sterling, VA .
Written in English


  • Environmental health,
  • Forests and forestry -- Health aspects,
  • Forest policy -- Health aspects,
  • Environmental Health,
  • Trees,
  • Biological Products,
  • Conservation of Natural Resources,
  • Developing Countries,
  • Disease -- etiology

Book details:

Edition Notes

Includes bibliographical references and index.

Statementedited by Carol J. Pierce Colfer.
SeriesPeople and plants international conservation series
ContributionsColfer, Carol J. Pierce.
LC ClassificationsRA566 .H86 2008
The Physical Object
Paginationxxii, 374 p. :
Number of Pages374
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL16744312M
ISBN 109781844075324
LC Control Number2007034789

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