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Save the Rainforest

Updated on October 2, 2014

Buy Rainforest

One of the most effective ways of saving rainforest is simply to buy rainforest. On this page you will find a list of links to organisations that allow conservationists to buy a small piece of rainforest to protect it.

If you have ever been to a rainforest then you will know what an amazing habitat it is, full of life, thick with vegetation and hot and humid. Rainforests come in a variety of types; tropical and temperate, cloud forest, lowland and hill slope rainforest, all of which can be either primary or secondary in nature. One thing all these types have in common is that they are all in decline. Primary, lowland, tropical rainforest is the habitat most people know as "Jungle" and is the one that is most endangered as it is often the most fertile and most easily cleared; in many parts of the tropics rainforest only now exists on inaccessible hill slopes and the lowland wildlife has vanished.

Countries that possess large areas of rainforest often see these areas as "wasteland" and the wood contained within them represents a potential source of income. For many countries where farmland is in short supply, forest clearance represents a way of unlocking valuable agricultural land. However, with rainforests disappearing at an alarming rate, and with them the species that depend upon them it is becoming increasingly important to protect those that remain.

Conservationist can help save the rainforest if they buy rainforest.

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Buy Rainforest With The World Land Trust

The World Land Trust is a conservation organisation that has assisted in the purchase and protection of over 300,000 acres of rainforest and other threatened wildlife habitats around the globe. It is easy for you to help in their work; £50 saves an acre of rainforest. The more they buy, the more of this rapidly disappearing forest is saved.

Buy Rainforest With RSPB
Buy Rainforest With RSPB

Help The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds Help Rainforest Species In Indonesia

The RSPB in Sumatra

The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds is a UK conservation body which has had the foresight to involve itself in rainforest conservation in Sumatra.

The RSPB in conjunction with Birdlife International and Burung Indonesia have launched a project to protect and restore rainforest in Sumatra in order to protect resident and migratory birds as well as all the other animals and plants within the rainforest.

Save The Rainforest With These Organisations

Links for saving the rainforest

A number of charities now allow conservation-minded people to buy small areas of rainforest to be protected by local people and/or non governmental organisations. This type of scheme perhaps offers the most effective way of protecting rainforest, particularly in countries where the government has a poor history of wildlife law enforcement.

Although it is not possible to transport your piece of rainforest to your back garden, any rainforest you buy will continue to provide a sanctuary to the species that live within it; some of these species may, as yet, be unknown to man!

A number of charities now allow conservation-minded people to buy small areas of rainforest to be protected by local people and/or non governmental organisations. This type of scheme perhaps offers the most effective way of protecting rainforest, particularly in countries where the government has a poor history of wildlife law enforcement.

Although it is not possible to transport your piece of rainforest to your back garden, any rainforest you buy will continue to provide a sanctuary to the species that live within it; some of these species may, as yet, be unknown to man!

Here are some links to organisations who allow individuals to buy rainforest in order to protect it.

Aventura Forestal - Save rainforest in Costa Rica; $5 per 100 metres squared for 1 year.

Rainforest Concern - Rainforest reserve in Ecuador (1 acre = £30, 10 acres = £250)

World Land Trust - Rainforest projects in Asia and South America (£25 saves 0.5 acre forever)

Rainforest Foundation - Protect an acre of rainforest for £25.

CoolEarth - Save an acre of rainforest in Peru or Democratic Republic of Congo.

The Nature Conservancy - Protect an acre of forest in Costa Rica.

Take A Long Look At The Beauty Within The World's Rainforests

Rainforest
Rainforest

This fantastic book features glorious photographs of various types of wildlife from rainforests around the world. This stunning collection of photographs by Thomas Marent are a wonderful way to convince people that rainforests are worth saving.

 

Fair Trade Products - Another Way Of Saving Rainforest?

"Fair Trade" is a term that many of us are now familiar with and some fair trade products provide local people with an income that depends upon rainforest protection. Fair Trade often supports non-intensive methods of land management, including shade-grown coffee, low-level collection of forest plants and, often, ecotourism.

Whilst fair trade is not a solution to deforestation, indeed some fair trade products originate from deforested land, there is plenty of potential for fair traders to benefit in tandem with rainforest management.

However, some say that interventionist economic policies such as fair trade are doomed to failure. Find out more about Fair Trade.

Witness Rainforest Destruction Yourself - It Is Awful

This video shows what was once an area of beautiful rainforest, full of flowers, insects, birds and other animals, being reduced to a smouldering mass by fire. This is a common sight throughout the tropics and land is cleared for palm oil production and other agricultural products.

This is the very distressing reality of rainforest destruction in order to provide us with products such as beef, palm oil, rubber etc.

Rainforest Biodiversity
Rainforest Biodiversity

Why Save The Rainforest 1: Rainforest Biodiversity

Rainforests contain some of the highest levels of biodiversity (that is biological diversity) of any habitat on earth and although they cover just 2% of the earth's surface they contain over half the species.

Anyone who has spent any time in rainforests will recognise how difficult it is to identify trees, birds, insects and other living things due to the fact that there are so many different varieties, many of which look very similar, in such a small area.

There are many reasons for this high level of biodiversity, and it is still not clear exactly what is responsible for so many species being present in rainforests, but higher energy levels, high number of evolutionary niches, age and the concept of biodiversity begetting biodiversity are thought to be most influential.

Whatever the reason for such high levels of biodiversity, rainforests deserve protection as a wonder of nature; to allow all of these fantastic species to be wiped out is, quite frankly, a criminal act. Imagine defacing a work of art, burning all copies of a classic piece of literature, eradication of an entire culture - allowing the complete destruction of rainforest is worse than all of those destructive acts put together.

Listen To Rainforest Biodiversity

If you are not able to get yourself into the rainforest to witness the huge level of biodiversity yourself, you can at least hear it with one of these CDs; close your eyes and listen to the many incredible (and relaxing) sounds of the rainforest.

Take A Look At Some Rainforest Plants

These rainforest plants show just a tiny sample of the profusion of plant life in a rainforest in Thailand. These photos were all taken by myself and can be used on squidoo lenses and other websites/blogs, royalty free; please just credit me as the photographer and link back to this page.

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Some Creepy Crawlies Of The Rainforest

Here are a few photographs of various insects of the rainforest in Thailand; they provide another tiny insight into the biodiversity of the rainforest. These photos were all taken by myself and, once again, can be used on squidoo lenses and other websites/blogs, royalty free; please just credit me as the photographer and link back to this page.

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Save Rainforest Trees
Save Rainforest Trees

Why Save The Rainforest 2: Rainforests Lock Up Huge Amounts Of Carbon

Climate change has alerted us to another reason to protect rainforests (as if protecting them for their own beauty and biodiversity was not enough). With global climate change likely to be influenced by carbon emissions, rainforests serve a valuable purpose as carbon sinks.

What this means is that huge amounts of carbon are locked up in the wood of rainforest trees as they use carbon dioxide and produce oxygen. Furthermore, when rainforests are destroyed, they not only stop sequestering carbon, but they release the carbon stored within them: this carbon is then free to contribute to climate change.

Often, when rainforests are destroyed, there are vast amounts of greenhouse gases released from the soil as it disturbed for the first time in millions of years. This process means that where forests are destroyed to make way for palm oil plantations which supply oil for biofuels, more damage is done through deforestation than the benefit obtained from the use of biofuels.

Just one more reason to buy your own piece of rainforest.

Strangler Fig
Strangler Fig

Strangler Figs - Amazing Trees

In many Southeast Asian rainforests, strangler figs become the mightiest of trees - the size they reach, and vastness of their canopies can be quite awesome.

Usually strangler figs begin life as parasitic vines which originate on the boughs of an existing tree, sending tendrils down to the ground. At one point the tendrils anchor themselves into the ground and begin to thicken, "strangling" the host tree until it dies and gradually decomposes surrounded by the thickening trunks of the strangler fig until there is nothing left of the host tree.

The result is an amazing tree such as this one pictured.

The Secret Life Of Trees by Colin Tudge - Wonderful information about trees of all families

Secret Life of Trees
Secret Life of Trees

The Secret Life of Trees is one of the most enlightening books I have ever read. Whilst a lot can be learned about the evolution, ecology and diversity of trees in this book, there is a lot more than just trees in this publication.

The Secret Life of Trees discusses evolutionary processes, conservation and lots more besides - I found it one of the most useful books I read whilst studying for a degree in Conservation.

Anyone interested in wildlife of any sort should read this book - it is superb.

 

Why Save The Rainforest 3: The Release of Methane

One of the biggest threats to lowland rainforests in Southeast Asia currently is conversion to oil palm plantations. It is ironic that the oil from these plantations is often used to produce biofuels which are supposed to reduce carbon emissions. As well as completely destroying the rainforest ecosystem and all life dependent upon it, vast amounts of methane have been shown to be released from the soils after forest clearance. Considering that methane is a far more powerful greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide, this is yet another reason to take care of what rainforest still exists and to pay people to look after it for us.

Why Save The Rainforest 4: Medicinal Plants - Another Reason to Save Tropical Rainforests

It's an argument often used that tropical rainforests should be preserved because of the as yet undiscovered plants that may be the key to curing horrible diseases. Whilst it is unlikely that there is some magic cure for cancers or AIDS sitting out there in the rainforest, it is true to say that there are already hundreds of plants in rainforests that are already known to have medicinal properties.

These plants are often vital to the poor peoples who live in or near rainforests as they frequently do not have enough money buy modern manufactured drugs. It is also a sad fact that many of these modern drugs use chemical compounds from rainforest plants but the inhabitants of the forest who have been using these plants for generations get no compensation for the "theft" of their historical intellectual rights whilst chemical corporations get rich.

Anyway, rant over with, here is a nice book about medicinal plants from the rainforest.

Herbal Secrets of the Rainforest : Over 50 Powerful Herbs and Their Medicinal Uses
Herbal Secrets of the Rainforest : Over 50 Powerful Herbs and Their Medicinal Uses

.A superbly-written and interesting account of fifty medicinal plants of tropical rainforests and their value to humans - ideal for those advocates of saving the rainforest for that which has to be discovered within them.

 

Can We Save The Rainforest?

Can rainforest destruction be halted or even reversed?

What do you think? Can we save the rainforests or are they all destined to be logged and turned into pastureland, rubber plantations or palm oil plantations for the great environmental saviour, biofuel.

I think they can be saved, but not until we have lost a lot more than we already have.

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    • ratetea 4 years ago

      Brazil, the country with the most rainforest in the world, has been remarkably effective at slowing the destruction of rainforest. Hopefully the destruction will completely stop. I am very hopeful that things are turning around and will eventually start getting better!

    • flycatcherrr 5 years ago

      I have to hope so - but it won't be easy. "Out of sight, out of mind" is too easy.

    • Renaissance Woman 5 years ago from Colorado

      There is always hope, but it will take serious action.

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      Yes they can but we must act NOW

    • supercibor lm 6 years ago

      This is a great lens which helps to save our planet. Yes we can save the the planet by uniting our efforts and raising

    • David Dove 6 years ago

      WE aren't destroying the rainforests, our politicians are - lobby your politicians and make them aware of your feelings, link their selfish interests to saving the rainforest through tougher legislation on imports of timber for example

    • EmmaCooper LM 6 years ago

      If we destroy all the rainforests, we will have destroyed ourselves, but the forest will regenerate once we're gone.

    • nickupton lm 7 years ago

      Fortunately rainforests regenerate much faster than anyone previously imagined, so if sufficient land can be procured, reforestation is an option.

    • wfi 7 years ago

      I think many rainforests can best be saved as well as enhanced by realizing their economic value as a multiple use resource using responsible long term forest management including woody biomass and timber production.

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    • anonymous 7 years ago

      Yes, we must, we have to!

    • anonymous 7 years ago

      Yes, yes, yes. We have to.

    • anonymous 8 years ago

      Yes. As well as the impotant biodiversity conatined within them, there is the potential for the discovery of new and potentially life saving drugs. I heard someone say they were 'natures medicine cabinet'.

    • ronpass lm 8 years ago

      It is critical that we do and your efforts combined with those of millions of others who love rainforests will make it happen.

    • sharonguy 8 years ago

      Yes. It is imperative that we do as much as possible. Even small actions make a difference if enough people do them.

    • anonymous 8 years ago

      Rain forest are important, we get most of our medicine from the rain forest and many animals are dying with the rainforest, the rain forest can't be replanted like most forests. we need to save the rain forest

    • anonymous 8 years ago

      Absolutely ! But it will take a team effort !

    • anonymous 8 years ago

      YES!! But we have to be smart and buy acres and NOT let the idiots destroy the RAINFOREST!!!!!

    • nickupton lm 9 years ago

      They can indeed be saved but only if those who care put their money where their mouth is an either buy rainforest or pay poorer countries to conserve it. Left to market forces ALL lowland rainforest (the most biodiverse type) will disappear under pastureland and plantations including plantations for biofuel products.

    • religions7 9 years ago

      Well, we have to try. If we say no - than we can be sure they won't be saved.

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      • Risteard O'Marcahain 5 years ago from Wales

        We all have to plant lots of trees in our own countries not expect another country to do it for us

      • Mary Norton 7 years ago from Ontario, Canada

        A logger once told me that the best way is to guard it. More use of forest land for agriculture is the main culprit. If we just draw the forest line and guard that, the forest will take care of itself. But we just can't leave it alone. And we can't.

      • norma-holt 7 years ago

        No, only money and greed controls this world now. The rate of destruction and the pollution these anti-social mongrels are causing has more support in government than people power has. Unfortunately death to everyone is less important than money and power. I hope they can breath their money when it comes to their survival because they won't be breathing oxygen.

      Save Rainforest With These Organisations

      Waiting for governments to save the rainforest is the same as doing nothing. Take saving the rainforest into your own hands and buy rainforest yourself.

      I repeat the list of organisations that help you buy rainforest; this is the best way that conservation-minded people can make a difference quickly in rainforest protection.

      Aventura Forestal - Save rainforest in Costa Rica; $5 per 100 metres squared for 1 year.

      Rainforest Concern - Rainforest reserve in Ecuador (1 acre = £30, 10 acres = £250)

      Rainforest Foundation - Protect an acre of rainforest for £25.

      CoolEarth - Save an acre of rainforest in Peru or Democratic Republic of Congo.

      The Nature Conservancy - Protect an acre of forest in Costa Rica.

      World Land Trust - Rainforest projects in Asia and South America (£25 saves 0.5 acre forever)

      Rainforest Poll - What Do You Think Is The Best Way To Save Rainforest?

      What Is The Best Way To Save The Rainforest?

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          ronpass lm 9 years ago

          Nick, keep up the great work to save the planet. I have a new rainforest walk lens soon to be published. I have put a link to your lens in a Bubble Talk Module.

          Ron Passfield

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          chemrat 9 years ago

          Welcome to https://hubpages.com/politics/groups-Sustainabilit

          I lensrolled this lens and marked it as a favorite. Jim

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          religions7 9 years ago

          Listing this on my Environment lensography - Great lens.

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          coopd 9 years ago

          Such an important topic. Great job!

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          sisterra 9 years ago

          Very iformative and important lens! 5 Stars

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          anonymous 8 years ago

          Beautiful lens - 5 stars! Over the years I have planted many trees with the Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts. I've planted several on my own property. Trees and rain forrests and a major link in the chain of life and as we destroy trees we destroy life. The Boy Scouts have always had an "Outdoor Code" that the entire world should adopt. Here it is

          Outdoor Code

          Definition “As an American, I will do my best to

          Be clean in my outdoor manners

          Be careful with fire

          Be considerate in the outdoors

          Be conservation-minded”

          I will put a link to your lens on mine with the meaning of the Outdoor Code as well. Keep up the good work ! http://www.squidoo.com/boyscoutsofamerica

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          M_Jefferson 8 years ago

          Hey There, Thanks for visiting my lens! After viewing yours I can only say you set the bar with this one as it has great information and you can tell you have a true desire to help save our rain forest. (now I must go revise mine so and hope they can be as informative!) 5 stars to you!!!

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          anonymous 8 years ago

          This is a nice lens. and this is a great topic.This is useful for every one.

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          teamlane 7 years ago

          Blessed by a SquidAngel today!

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          anonymous 7 years ago

          An important lens to raise essential awareness about rainforests. Lensrolled to my Green Christmas lens and SquidAngel Blessings for you.

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          norma-holt 7 years ago

          Well done lens raising awareness to a serious problem. 5* fabe and lens rolled to 2 of my lenses. Well done.

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          norma-holt 7 years ago

          This is an important issue and you have addressed it very well. 5* fave and lens rolled to two of my lenses. I will also feature it on them. Well done

          Norma

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          pkmcr 7 years ago from Cheshire UK

          Really super lens about an important topic and well presented. Blessed by a Squid Angel :-)

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          Demaw 7 years ago

          The beautiful pictures show us what we could lose if these forests disappear.

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          norma-holt 7 years ago

          Back with wings. Blessed and featured on Sprinkled with Stardust.

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          designingmake 7 years ago

          This page supplied grateful information. Really cool lens.I accept you.

          Thanks for sharing a good lens.

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          Mary Norton 7 years ago from Ontario, Canada

          I do hope we truly learn to respect the forest and the life it brings.

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          Christene-S 7 years ago

          Blessed by a SquidAngel :)

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          anonymous 7 years ago

          Interesting lens you have here! Keep it up!

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          VarietyWriter2 7 years ago

          Blessed by a SquidAngel :)

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          nickupton lm 6 years ago

          @VarietyWriter2: Thank you.

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          WriterBuzz 6 years ago

          Your lens is great. Very informative. I liked your lens with a thumbs up.

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          Sarah Switalski 6 years ago from Iowa

          Blessed by an angel and added to my angel lens :)

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          David Dove 6 years ago

          Great site, keep going

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          supercibor lm 6 years ago

          This is a great lens that can help to save the planet.

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          dwnovacek 6 years ago

          A great lens for a great cause. Thank you for the rainforest education! Angel Blessings to you.

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          Bellezza-Decor 6 years ago from Canada

          Angel Blessing for a worthwhile cause!

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          celeBritys4africA 6 years ago

          If I was an Angel, I could blessed your lens.

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          anonymous 6 years ago

          Thanks for the great lens. We need to save the rain forests... so we better "hop to it" right now! http://www.cafepress.com/Grand_Gifts.525658628

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          Renaissance Woman 5 years ago from Colorado

          This is such a critical issue. Thank you for featuring one of the most pressing environmental emergencies that exist. If we don't act now to save the rainforests, it will be too late. **Blessed**

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          nickupton lm 5 years ago

          @Diana Wenzel: Thank you. And many thanks for the purple star nomination.

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          Renaissance Woman 5 years ago from Colorado

          Congrats on your shiny new Purple Star! Well deserved. :-)

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          pleaseeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee save the forest

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          Canvas-Art-Shop 5 years ago

          Great lens for a great cause, keep up the good work!

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          I visited an indoor rainforest and was amazed at how real it looked. It was humid and warm, and there were monkeys and other animals you would normally see in the rainforest. It would be a treat to see the real deal, and I hope it can be saved. :)

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          anonymous 4 years ago

          Amazon belongs to Brazil, and its not for sale, americans are creating an ´´slogan`` To explore amazon's natural resources, just like you did to Irak.

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