is there so much rainforest
deforestation going on?
always been so. Historically, majority of logging was done by local
farmers who cleared some forest for agriculture or chopped down a tree
to make firewood or get timber for construction.
consumed or used by family or traded locally.
still often happens in
rainforests of central Africa,
reflected in numbers: Africa counts for only 6% of world's rainforest
destruction, while Asia counts
for 34% and South
America - where the world's largest rainforests are - for the
This is because in South America and Asia, things have gone beyond the
local market. There, much of the logging is driven by international commercial
operators that are linked to
The main commodities are palm oil, soybeans, beef, coffee, cocoa,
rubber, biofuels and mining. Tropical hardwood timber is often logged illegally.
countries are often poor
Deforestation is the only way for these people to generate wealth. And
we can hardly blame them, because most of developed countries went
through the same stage in their development.
is that the trees
bring in money
in short term,
but the long-term losses are not valued in monetary terms. These
countries cannot afford to do it, they need the money in the short term.
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