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Imagined forestry: the history of the scientific management of Ghana's high forest zone

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Imagined forestry : the history of the scientific management of Ghana's high forest zone. / Hansen, Christian Pilegaard; Lund, Jens Friis.

In: Environment and History, Vol. 23, No. 1, 2017, p. 3-38.

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Harvard

Hansen, CP & Lund, JF 2017, 'Imagined forestry: the history of the scientific management of Ghana's high forest zone' Environment and History, vol 23, no. 1, pp. 3-38. DOI: 10.3197/096734017X14809635325548

APA

Hansen, C. P., & Lund, J. F. (2017). Imagined forestry: the history of the scientific management of Ghana's high forest zone. Environment and History, 23(1), 3-38. DOI: 10.3197/096734017X14809635325548

Vancouver

Hansen CP, Lund JF. Imagined forestry: the history of the scientific management of Ghana's high forest zone. Environment and History. 2017;23(1):3-38. Available from, DOI: 10.3197/096734017X14809635325548

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Hansen, Christian Pilegaard ; Lund, Jens Friis. / Imagined forestry : the history of the scientific management of Ghana's high forest zone. In: Environment and History. 2017 ; Vol. 23, No. 1. pp. 3-38

Bibtex

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