Rain forests are thought to hold more than half of the world’s plant and animal species and store an immense amount of the planet’s carbon. However, the stats show that these woodlands are disappearing at a rate of five percent per decade at the hands of farmers, loggers, and others seeking to use the land and its lush growth for profit. The World Bank came up with an interesting idea in October this year that rapidly diminishing tropical forests could be saved if farmers and loggers were paid not to cut the trees ( Every body can doubt if it’s practical).
A swath of Amazon rain forest known as the Guayana Shield, the size of Alabama was placed under government protection Monday in a region infamous for violent conflicts among loggers, ranchers and environmentalists. Area contains more than 25 percent of the world’s remaining humid tropical forests and the largest remaining unpolluted fresh water reserves in the American tropics. The forest also serves as home to several endangered animal species.
The new law breaks the power of ranchers who often own plots of land the size of small European nations and rule them as their own personal fiefdoms. Two of the new protected areas, covering 22,239 square miles, would place the land completely off limits to the general public and only be accessible to researchers. The remaining areas have been declared sustainable use protected areas, allowing local communities to manage the natural resources and permitting limited logging under strict management. The new law will come very harsh on the tribes living there for many generations and many of them will surely kick the bucket.
With more and more of the forest destroyed every day there is obviously less space for the animals and the humans – and so we all have to suffer the consequences together. Animals die, sometimes become extinct, and its all because of humans. But, unlike most other mammals of the forest humans can urbanize; and so they do, for better and worse. The subsequent actions will help make our planet a better place for all of us.