Teaching Tropical Rainforest Biology
What Causes Tropical Rainforest Destruction?
The assault on tropical rainforests is many-faceted and complex. This is what makes tropical rainforest conservation so difficult. A single cause of the deforestation would allow us to focus all our educational and conservation efforts in a specific direction, and would increase our hope of success.
Students should also understand that there are many underlying social problems giving impetus to the deforestation. Factors such as over-consumption in the industrialized countries, foreign debt in less developed countries, poverty, unequal ownership of land, and perhaps the root of all environmental evils - overpopulation - all lead to tropical rainforest destruction.
Despite the complexity of the situation, the following are considered to be primary factors in tropical rainforest loss.
- Commercial logging
- Non-commercial farming operations
- Commercial agricultural development
- Cocaine production and other factors
For further, in-depth considerations of the forces affecting tropical rainforest loss please refer to the following: