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Offline Karen W.

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A rainforest is on my list of things to do Before I can't do them!!!! LOL.. What do you all know about them, and weather there are any left for visiting??


 

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Becareful, you'll want to bring a coatamundi home. . .
 

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60% of Brazil is covered by rainforest (or was in 2006).
40% of the world's rainforest is in Brazil (rainforestweb.org)
So I think you should start there.  The good news is, Brazil has
set up reserves to protect about 10% of its rainforest, certainly
a step in the right direction
 

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Very interesting and also a very beautiful place to visit!! Only 10% That sounds slike so little. I think that it is sad that more can't be saved. The population certainly must be a factor wouldn't you think?
 

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Very interesting and also a very beautiful place to visit!! Only 10% That sounds slike so little. I think that it is sad that more can't be saved. The population certainly must be a factor wouldn't you think?

10% of Brazil's rainforest may not sound much, but if 60% of the country is covered by rainforest, than 10% of the rainforest amounts to 6% of the landarea of the country.

What would you suggest 50% of the rainforest be protected - that making 30% of the country a national reserve.  Just imagine what would happen to the USA if 30% of the nation was removed from ordinary economic use (cannot farm it, cannot build houses on it - nothing).

It is all very well for us foreigners to complain about what Brazil may or may not do with her soil, but we are only tourists in the country, we are not the one's trying to make a living, to keep the wolf from the door, in the country.
 

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Very interesting and also a very beautiful place to visit!! Only 10% That sounds slike so little. I think that it is sad that more can't be saved. The population certainly must be a factor wouldn't you think?

10% of Brazil's rainforest may not sound much, but if 60% of the country is covered by rainforest, than 10% of the rainforest amounts to 6% of the landarea of the country.

What would you suggest 50% of the rainforest be protected - that making 30% of the country a national reserve.  Just imagine what would happen to the USA if 30% of the nation was removed from ordinary economic use (cannot farm it, cannot build houses on it - nothing).

It is all very well for us foreigners to complain about what Brazil may or may not do with her soil, but we are only tourists in the country, we are not the one's trying to make a living, to keep the wolf from the door, in the country.


George I do indeed agree with you.. ;D As I did mention the population also, and am quite aware of the need to do those things. ;) I just am amazed by the beauty of it all, but am equally aware of the needs of the people and the countries needs.. I would love to go visit it and see it sometime!!  :)
 

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