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Small Rainforest In a Big World
The science is clear about two things. First, climate change poses a significant threat to human well-being, with developing societies and poor households most vulnerable to harm. The effects of extreme weather events, r...
14 Dec 2015 - by GRID-Arendal
What Threatens the Rainforest?
A recent analysis of ‘Intact Forest Landscapes’ (IFLs) by World resources Institute and others9 warned that pristine forests are being degraded at an alarming rate. Over 1 million km2, an area three times the size of Ger...
14 Dec 2015 - by GRID-Arendal
Extent of Rainforest and Deforestation in Southeast Asia and Oceania
The pressure on forests in Southeast Asia and Oceania will continue if strict measures are not taken to regulate the operations of plantation companies and extractive industries in natural forest areas. Malaysia, Accordi...
14 Dec 2015 - by GRID-Arendal
Primary Forest Top 20 Countries
Primary forest, sometimes also referred to as ‘intact forest’, can be defined as a forest of native species where the ecological processes have not been significantly disturbed. Primary tropical moist forests, or rainfor...
14 Dec 2015 - by GRID-Arendal
Risky Business 2
Map of Norwegian Pension fund investments in business sectors causing deforestation, 2013. Norway’s Government Pension Fund Global is the biggest sovereign wealth fund in the world. With its heavy investments in the i...
22 Dec 2015 - by GRID-Arendal
Global Forest Cover
The Earth’s most varied and most mysterious ecosystem, the tropical rainforest, has been reduced to half of its original size. Most of this loss has taken place over the past five to six decades. Despite increased awaren...
14 Dec 2015 - by GRID-Arendal
Shrinking Tropical Forests
The FAO’s Forest Resources Assessment 2010 (FRA 2010) reports global gross deforestation to be 130,000 km2 annually for the decade 2000–2010, and 160,000 km2 for the previous decade 1990–2000. Out of this, forest in ‘rai...
14 Dec 2015 - by GRID-Arendal
Extent of Rainforest and Deforestation in Central Africa
The Congo Basin is the world’s second-largest tropical rainforest, covering approximately 2 million km2. While the rainforests of West Africa and Madagascar are heavily degraded, with only patches of the original forest ...
14 Dec 2015 - by GRID-Arendal
Reducing Deforestation in Brazil
Brazil is the country with the second largest forest cover on Earth, more than 5 million km2. Two thirds of the country’s forest cover is concentrated in the Amazon, which still contains approximately 80% of the original...
14 Dec 2015 - by GRID-Arendal
Biodiversity is Concentrated in the Rainforest
In general, the diversity of plants and animals increases dramatically from the polar regions to the tropics. But we do not yet know why rainforests are so exceptionally rich in biodiversity. Is it due to inter- species ...
14 Dec 2015 - by GRID-Arendal
Extent of Rainforest And Deforestation in The Amazon Basin
In absolute figures, the Amazon region has been the champion of forest destruction since the 1970s, and Brazil has always been responsible for the lion’s share of this development. Given the continental size of the Amazo...
14 Dec 2015 - by GRID-Arendal
Illegal logging methods
The illegal trade in flora, such as illegal logging, has been estimate to represent a value of 30-100 billion USD annually. An estimated 50-90% of the wood in some tropical countries is suspected to come from illegal sou...
19 Jun 2014 - by Riccardo Pravettoni, GRID Arendal
Gold production of the Ok Tedi mine
The Ok Tedi mine is located high in the rain forest covered Star Mountains of Papua New Guinea. Prior to 1981 the local Wopkaimin people lived a subsistence existence in one of the most isolated places on earth. That was...
17 May 2005 - by Philippe Rekacewicz, UNEP/GRID-Arendal
Ok Tedi mine
The Ok Tedi mine is located high in the rain forest covered Star Mountains of Papua New Guinea. Prior to 1981 the local Wopkaimin people lived a subsistence existence in one of the most isolated places on earth. That was...
17 May 2005 - by Philippe Rekacewicz, UNEP/GRID-Arendal
Ore production and waste generation at Ok Tedi Mine
The Ok Tedi mine is located high in the rain forest covered Star Mountains of Papua New Guinea. Prior to 1981 the local Wopkaimin people lived a subsistence existence in one of the most isolated places on earth. That was...
17 May 2005 - by Philippe Rekacewicz, UNEP/GRID-Arendal
Loss of tropical forest in developing regions, 1980-1990
The graphic shows the amount and rate of deforestation in Latin America and the Caribbean, Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa from 1980 to 1990. Tropical forests are earth's most complex biome in terms of both structure and spe...
28 Sep 2005 - by Philippe Rekacewicz, UNEP/GRID-Arendal
Ok Tedi mine
The Ok Tedi mine is located high in the rain forest covered Star Mountains of Papua New Guinea. Prior to 1981 the local Wopkaimin people lived a subsistence existence in one of the most isolated places on earth. That was...
07 Oct 2005 - by Philippe Rekacewicz, UNEP/GRID-Arendal