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Amazing Facts

Rainforests and their inhabitants





Rainforests once covered 14% of earth's land surface; now they
cover a mere 6%


Around 150,000 square kilometres of tropical rainforest,
equivalent to the size of England and Wales, is destroyed every
year.


Rainforests across the world: Africa has 30%; Australasia 9%;
Oriental/ Indo-Malayan 16%; Neo-tropical (South America) 45%


The Congo Basin is the second largest rainforest on the planet
after the Amazon and holds 18% of the world’s rainforest.


Rainforests act as giant reservoirs of moisture and warmth,
releasing water throughout the year as the perennial streams and
rivers that support the lives of billions of people, meeting the
needs of 40% of the farmers in the Third World (Rainforest
Information Centre, 1991).


Rainforests worldwide are home to an estimated 50 million
indigenous forest peoples




   
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