Edward Percy Stebbing

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Cover of 1911 book

Edward Percy Stebbing, FRGS, FZS (4 January 1872 – 21 March 1960) was a pioneering British forester and forest entomologist in India. He was among the first to warn of desertification and desiccation and wrote on "The encroaching Sahara". In 1935, he wrote of the "desert whose power is incalculable and whose silent and almost invisible approach must be difficult to estimate." He suggested that this was man-made and this led to a joint Anglo-French forestry mission from December 1936 to February 1937 that toured northern Nigeria and Niger to assess the danger of desertification.[1]

Book cover drawn by Stebbing


A hunting trophy
  • Injurious Insects of Indian Forests (1899) online
  • Insect intruders in Indian homes (1909) online
  • Stalks in the Himalayas (1911) (New York Times review
  • Jungle By-ways in India (1911) online
  • Indian forest insects of economic importance. Coleoptera (1914) online
  • British Forestry (1916) online
  • At the Serbian front in Macedonia (1917) online[2]
  • From Czar to Bolshevik (1918) online
  • The Forests of India (3 volumes)
  • The forests of West Africa and the Sahara: a Study of Modern Conditions (London and Edinburgh, 1937)


  1. ^ van Beusekom, Monica M (1999) From underpopulation to overpopulation. Environmental History. Apr 1999
  2. ^ Stebbing, Edward Percy (1917), At the Serbian front in Macedonia, London: John Lane, OCLC 313792 
  3. ^ IPNI.  Stebbing. 

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