Tropical Rainforest in Malaysia (How is it being protected? (Some top…
Tropical Rainforest in Malaysia
Palm oil plantations are important for the economy because about 85% of the world's palm oil comes from Malaysia. It is their main export. Leads to logging to make space
Logging provides a lot of money because the hardwoods that grow in Malaysia are very valuable
Tourism: The forest has had to make way for new tourist attractions
They are cutting down the forests to make room for millions of buildings due to increase in population
Mining: The forest is being dug up to get to the minerals and resources below the surface. This way the country makes money from both the wood and resources such as gold and diamonds
As Malaysia continues to deforest, more and more species of plants and animals are becoming endangered and if they continue the these will eventually become extinct
Indigenous people in Malaysia have relied on the rainforest for years for shelter, food and medicine. It is being taken from them.
Increases the likeness of floods and mudslides
Trees are being cut down at 4 times the sustainable rate
How is it being protected?
Some top officials in areas of the island of Borneo have started an effort to pass a law regarding sustainable logging on the island.
Trees can only now be cut down when they reach a certain height or age
Afforestation: trees are being replaced once they are cut down
Why should the rainforest be protected?
Food: The rainforest provides multiple types of food for the residents of Malaysia and people all over the world inc. fruits and nuts
Medicine: Scientists predict that there are ingredients to multiple cures in the rainforests that have not yet been discovered and by destroying it we are possibly destroying any chance of finding these cures.