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Rainforests hold a very special place in the hearts of all wildlife enthusiasts and rightly so, they hold around half of all the species in the world and are incredibly valuable areas of biodiversity, carbon and natural beauty. But logging is occurring all over the world and at a stunning rate. Which is why the Francis Wildlife Foundation are keen supporters of the World Land Trust and the WWF; below is a brief outline of the work undertaken to preserve the rainforests and why it is important to act now.
Tropical rain forests contain around half of all species on Earth – and a third of those remaining rainforests are in the Amazon. Scientific research has established a clear link between the health of the Amazon and the global environment, especially our climate. But here’s the big problem – an area of Amazon rainforest the size of England is currently disappearing every year.
Threats and solutions
The next five years are critical for the Amazon. Decades of exploitation have destroyed 20% of its rainforest and there has been a lack of integration in political, industrial and environmental approaches across this vast region.
The area is facing ever-growing threats, particularly large-scale transportation or energy projects. The added realities of climate change mean there’s a serious risk the Amazon could reach a tipping point where the rainforest dries and becomes savannah. That’s not only devastating for local species and people; it would be disastrous for the global climate, fuelling runaway climate change.
WWF has spent many years gaining experience and building trust in the Amazon region, where they work with governments and local people on a number of key projects.
* Tackling deforestation by finding new ways to value standing forests, encouraging responsibility
* Creating sustainable agriculture and production helping create protected forest and wetland areas ensuring free-flowing rivers and forest-friendly roads
About the Amazon
The Amazon region spans eight countries in South America – Brazil, Bolivia, Peru, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, Suriname, and Venezuela – plus the neighbouring French Overseas Territory of Guiana. It sustains millions of species, and is one of the world’s last refuges for jaguars, harpy eagles and pink river dolphins. The Amazon is the world’s largest river basin and the source of one-fifth of all fresh water on the planet.
More than 30 million people live in the region today most are in large urban centres, but almost all are dependent on the Amazon’s ecosystem for food, shelter and livelihoods.
Infrastructure in the Amazon
WWF works to limit the impact of infrastructure development in the Amazon.
Management of National Forests in Brazil
WWF believes that one of the most effective ways of promoting responsible forest management and defining land tenure is through the correct use of Brazil’s National Forests.
Natural resource used in indigenous communities
WWF helps indigenous people in rural areas of the Peruvian Amazon defend their right to the sustainable use of natural resources in their territories.
Varzea – Brazil
Over the last 10 years, the Várzea Project has been one of a number of community management initiatives involving partnerships between floodplain communities, grassroots organizations, and NGO’s.
If you would like more information please to Contact Us and we will send you more information. And if you are interested in participating in one of our responsible Wildlife Holidays where the rainforest is the star or if you would like book on one of our Wildlife Tours which contributes to this cause please check out our range of safaris and wildlife holidays.
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