Amazon Environment Teaser #1 – Answer

Question: Between 1990 and 2000, what was the average rate (mi²/yr.) of total forest area loss in the Amazon?

Answer Choices: A) -5,907 mi²/yr. B) -8,455 mi²/yr. C) -11,008 mi²/yr. D) -13,343 mi²/yr.



Correct Answer: D) -13,343 mi²/yr.

Summary: The World Wildlife Fund predicts that, at current deforestation rates, we could expect to see about 55% of all of the Amazon’s rainforests completely gone by 2030. According to the Forestry Department of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), just over 13,000 square miles of Amazon rainforest was lost per year in the 1990’s. Loss rates are subject to fluctuation due to economic and conservation policies and programs. Many rainforests, like the Amazon, are not managed in accordance with the Forest Principles adopted by the United Nations in 1992. This problem stems from developing countries not having adequate funds and human resources for the implementation and monitoring of these forest management programs. The Amazon rainforests are being demolished for agriculture and cattle ranching, mining projects, road and dam construction, and illegal logging. These activities are being carried out with unsustainable methods stabilizing and possibly increasing the rates of deforestation throughout the region and leading to more and more landscape and river degradation. Climate change has also become a factor in recent decades adding to the many threats that the Amazon faces.

Sources: World Wildlife Fund; Amazon: World’s largest tropical rain forest and river basin; http://www.worldwildlife.org/what/wherewework/amazon/index.html#; Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations; Global Forest Resources Assessment 2000; http://www.fao.org/DOCREP/004/Y1997E/y1997e1c.htm#fn54

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  1. Pingback: Amazon Environment Teaser #1 – What was the rate of forest loss in the Amazon per year between 1990 and 2000? | Center for Amazon Community Ecology

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