• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Examine the management opportunities and challenges associated with the use Of a named global vegetation system.

Extracts from this document...


Examine the management opportunities and challenges associated with the use Of a named global vegetation system The global vegetation system that I am going to be using is the tropical rain forest. Tropical rain forests (TRF) are usually found along or near the equator. These are equatorial climates and inn these climates there are no seasons. The TRF has a very large range of species. There are a lot of tropical hardwoods here, such as mahogany, Oak, Ipe and many more. The direct use for people is to burn the wood that they cut down from the tropical rainforests. An indirect use would be to sell the wood on. There are three scales of how humans affect the TRF, small scale is shifting cultivation, on a medium scale there would be plantations and on a large scale the is deforestation. Equally there are challenges caused as a consequence of how we use it. There a number of environmental challenges that humans face. Firstly the climate here, it is hot wet and humid. These conditions make it hard for humans to live there. ...read more.


The population has started to explode in these places and has significantly increased. This practise how now become less viable and there is now less opportunities for the clearings to re grow and therefore there is going to be more and more clearings made in the TRF and they wont be getting the chance to grow back. This is one of the big challenges that they will now face. Plantations are on a medium to large scale of how humans will affect the TRF. Plantations are set up by colonies (MEDC's), and multi national companies. They aim to grow the same crop over large areas of land that would have naturally grown there any way such as tea, coffee, rubber etc. A very large area has got to be cleared so that the plantations can operate. The opportunities for a plantation are huge. They can use the plantation all year round due to the climate being ideal (hot, wet, humid) and there being no seasons. They are able to exploit the forest and use it economically by selling off the crops that they produce. ...read more.


The forest is so dense they have to pull down all the trees in that area to get to that one. This is mass clearance and has a devastating affect on the TRF. When a tree is chopped down it is going to wipe out a lot of trees in the process. As an affect of this deforestation there is going to be soil erosion. When the trees get pulled down the soil is left exposed to the elements. Afforestation is a process, which should take place after deforestation happens. This is where trees are re planted. To conclude what I have written, there is always going to be management opportunities in a tropical rain forest whether it is on a small scale or on a large scale. The affects that these opportunities have on the tropical rainforest varies. On one hand the affects can be minor as in the local moving land in shifting cultivation due to soil depletion. But the affects can also be devastating, as in deforestation where there is mass clearance and an area of the tropical rain forest is destroyed. So there are opportunities but they can come at a big cost to the environment. Simon Rogers ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our AS and A Level Environmental Management section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related AS and A Level Environmental Management essays

  1. What are the effects of Deforestation?

    The root systems of the trees are confined to the topmost layers of the soil. This is not unexpected, since the deeper layers of the soil do not contain appreciable quantities of nutrients. Because of the resulting poor soil conditions, sustained farming after clearance is difficult and people regularly move on, looking for more fertile soil.

  2. A report concerning new business development in the local area, which is the Paddington ...

    Additionally the Act aims to make provision with respect to contaminated land and abandoned mines. The Control of Pollution Act 1974 - the entry or discharge to controlled waters of poisonous noxious or polluting matter, trade or sewage effluent or other matter is illegal unless exempt from control or authorised

  1. Thailand Highways Management Project

    Pilot long-term performance-based management and maintenance programs successfully carried out on 900 km of roads. 2.l. 73 km of priority national highways widened to four lanes as per specifications. 2.2. Three overpasses constructed at critical locations as per specifications.

  2. Acid rain

    The level of other heavy metals also rises such as cadmium, zinc, and lead. Those heavy metals including aluminium flow into lakes from the acidified soils of the surroundings. The relationship of prey and predators will also change, for instance certain insects on which they usually prey begin to thrive when their predators are disappeared (Thunberg, 1993).

  1. Deforestation in the Worlds Tropical Rainforests

    While gathering fuel wood destroys around 5,000 square miles and severely disturbs another 5,000 square miles of tropical rainforest each year. As fuel wood is the only affordable and abundant supply of fuel available to the rainforest settlers. Haiti for instance has only about 1.5% of its original forest cover, due to logging, burning and conversion to farmland.

  2. Underlying Causes of Deforestation and Forest Degradation in Kenya

    Duiker, Golden cat, Giant forest hog, Leopard, Hyena, Buffalo, Colobus Monkey, and Impala. The Yellow backed Duiker, the Bongo, the Golden Cat, Leopard and Elephants are some of the important mammals of international conservation concern. Other nationally endangered species found only in this forest are the Potto, the spotted Necked Otter, and the striped Hyena.

  1. What are the opportunities and constraints of living in and exploiting, cold environments?

    a total of 90 billion barrels in the Arctic, the magnitude of the economic opportunity which is being presented to energy companies is huge. The extraction of oil from the Arctic also provides economic opportunities for any unemployed individual who has a high school diploma, as jobs at Tar Sands open cast oil mine (figure 3)

  2. The characteristics of the vegetation of tropical biomes are more the outcome of continued ...

    Many services, such as fuel wood and medicine, are not consumed as goods but are used as part of servicing the wider community (such as pollination, erosion control and flood control). In the past 20 years, game farming has replaced cattle ranching in many parts of southern Africa.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work