Amazon Case Study

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How much area does the Amazon rainforest cover?
8 million km^2
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How much has been destroyed by deforestation since 1970?
600,000km^2
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What are the causes of deforestation? (5)
>cattle ranching >small-scale subsistence farming >logging >mining, urbanisation, road construction, dams, fires >large-scale commercial farming
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What are the environmental impacts of deforestation? (2)
>Habitat destruction and loss of biodiversity >Amazon stores around 100 billion tonnes of carbon - deforestation will release some of this as carbon dioxide
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What are the social impacts of deforestation? (3)
>Local ways of life affected >Native tribes forced to move e.g. Guarani tribes >Conflict between large landowners, subsistence farmers and native people
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What are the economic impacts of deforestation? (2)
>Farming takes a lot of money for countries in the rainforest >Mining industry creates jobs for thousands of people
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How is this being sustainably managed? (6)
>Some deforested areas being replanted >Some countries trying to reduce the number of felled hardwood trees >Ecotourism >Environmental laws >Some countries have national parks >Reducing debt e.g the US reduced Peru's debt in exchange for conservation
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