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Additional Information For more on the causes of rainforest destruction, link to World Rainforest Movement "Deforestation, in other words, is an expression of social injustice " - Marcus Colchester According to Professor Norman Myers, one of the foremost authorities on rates of deforestation in tropical forests, "the annual destruction rate seems set to accelerate yet further, and could well double in another decade" Myers As Myers points out, "we still have half of all tropical forests that ever existed".
In order to save rainforests, we need to know why they are being destroyed. Data is often imprecise and subject to differing interpretations. However, it is obvious that the area of tropical rainforest is diminishing and the rate of tropical rainforest destruction is escalating worldwide, despite increased environmental activism and awareness.
A study by the Food and Agriculture Organisation FAO placed the global rate of tropical deforestation at 17 million ha.
Immediate Causes The immediate causes of rainforest destruction are clear. The main causes of total clearance are agriculture and in drier areas, fuelwood collection. The main cause of forest degradation is logging.
Mining, industrial development and large dams also have a serious impact. Tourism is becoming a larger threat to the forests. In most cases, this is untrue due to the nature of rainforests and of logging practices.
Large areas of rainforest are destroyed in order to remove only a few logs. The heavy machinery used to penetrate the forests and build roads causes extensive damage.
A large hole is left in the canopy and complete regeneration takes hundreds of years. Removing a felled tree from the forest causes even further destruction, especially when it is carried out carelessly.
The tracks made by heavy machinery and the clearings left behind by loggers are sites of extreme soil disturbance which begin to erode in heavy rain. This causes siltation of the forests, rivers and streams.
The lives and life support systems of indigenous people are disrupted as is the habitat of hundreds of birds and animals. Little if any industrial logging of tropical forests is sustainable. The International Tropical Timber Organisation ITTOthe body established to regulate the international trade in tropical timber, found in that the amount of sustainable logging was "on a world scale, negligible".
For this reason, commercial logging is considered by many to be the biggest single agent of tropical deforestation" Apart from its direct impact, logging plays a major role in deforestation through the building of roads which are subsequently used by landless farmers to gain access to rainforest areas.
These displaced people then clear the forest by slashing and burning to grow enough food to keep them and their families alive, a practice which is called subsistence farming.
This problem is so widespread that Robert Repetto of the World Resources Institute ranks commercial logging as the biggest agent of tropical deforestation.
Most of the rainforest timber on the international market is exported to rich countries. There, it is sold for hundreds of times the price that is paid to the indigenous people whose forests have been plundered. The timber is used in the construction of doors, window frames, crates, coffins, furniture, plywood sheets, chopsticks, household utensils and other items.
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Combined, eastern Australia is considered a global deforestation hotspot, the only one in the developed world. According to analysis by WWF’s Martin Taylor, Australia is likely to lose 3m. In Western Australia, not one piece of legislation to defend forests from logging impact.
WA exempts forestry from fauna provisions of its Wildlife Conservation Act Fifteen state and/or nationally listed threatened species are already gravely impacted, including some on the brink of extinction. Half of the world's wetlands were lost last century. Logging and conversion have shrunk the world's forests by as much as half.
Some 9 percent of the world's tree species are at risk of extinction; tropical deforestation may exceed , square kilometers per year. Sector Analysis and Policy. Please find below all the documents related to Sector Analysis and Policy.
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