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Why are the world's tropical rainforests, rapidly disappearing?

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Tropical Rainforests (Their development and management) Why are the world's tropical rainforests, rapidly disappearing? The primary reason for the rapid reduction in the size of the worlds greatest natural resource, the Tropical Rainforest, is mainly due to economic incentives, placed on developing countries be it by the World Bank, TNCs or just private investors. This is well illustrated, in Gunung Palung in Indonesia where illegal logging activity is occurring in the this national park because wealthy local merchants and members of the local police, military, and national park staff have been financing small groups of villagers to log, for them. Exploitation of this resource is common throughout the world this is due to the great demand for hardwoods such as mahogany in MEDCs e.g. Japan which uses large amounts of hardwoods for plywood to make casts for concrete and chopsticks which a great many are used and thrown away in Japan. The activities which cause the greatest amount of deforestation are; logging and farming plantations, using the slash and burn technique for creating colossal plantations with a short life of two to three years and leaving a thin laterite soil which has formed due to the initial ferralitic soil suffering extensive leaching due to the heavy rainfall of the tropics (2'000mm+). ...read more.

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25% of prescribed drugs are derived from the tropical rainforest, and it is argued, that tropical plants may hold the cure to aids and even cancer as in the 1980's the United States national cancer institute identified 2'000 tropical rainforest plants with the potential to fight cancer. Many indigenous groups are being affected heavily by development of the rainforest. These have mainly been negative and extend beyond the insult of having their hereditary land take from them. Such as the Amazon where after suffering from a douse of western diseases such as a measles epidemic reducing their number from 5 million in the 1500 to 1 million in the 1900's, their numbers were further reduced, by being hunted by mercenaries hired by local land owners who wished to infringe on their land or by a ploy in the 1960's where they dropped poisoned sweeties on the Amazon from aeroplanes, which the indigenous people ate, so now the population is expected to be less than 200'000, smaller than the population of Hackney over an area, 1.5 million sq km. Also indigenous people are effected by other things such as the construction of dams where a whole tribe can be displaced because a valley is going to be flooded, as occurred in Manaus in Western Amazonia. ...read more.

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of the rainforest hosts between, 40% and 95% of all plant and animal species on the Earth, some of which can never be found on the forest floor. The variety in the range show how little is known about these biomes and demonstrates why they should be conserved. Now that scientists have untapped the potential of the canopy it only stands for reason that a canopy management project should have started, since this system conserves a lot of the original species of tree and animals, reducing the amount of extinction and has almost know effect on the ground surface, apart from that of human activity gathering the crop from the top of the trees which range from 30-50m now and than Also fighting on the front on conserving the forest, but in its truly natural state are the indigenous people, by means of ecotourism, as by this way, apart from the slight human interference of people appreciating and experiencing tours through this very beautiful ecosystem there is a low ecological risk with high returns from the proportionally wealthy tourists. Therefore it can be ascertained that the methods of sustaining the Tropical Rainforest are many, and are increasing with mans understanding of this amazing resource which is dwindling from the Earth, due to mismanagement and lack of care by MEDCs and LEDCs alike. By Michael John Rodriguez in Bow El Toro Michael Rodriguez ...read more.

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