With a focus on the Danum Valley area of Sabah, Malaysian Borneo, this special issue has as its theme the future of tropical rainforests in a changing landscape and climate. The global environmental context to the issue is briefly given before the contents and rationale of the issue are summarized. The issue is divided into five sections: i the historical land-use and land management context; ii implications of land-use change for atmospheric chemistry and climate change; iii impacts of logging, forest fragmentation particularly within an oil palm plantation landscape and forest restoration on ecosystems and their functioning; iv the response and resilience of rainforest systems to climatic and land-use change; and v the scientific messages and policy implications arising from the research findings presented in the issue. Forests are valued both for their biodiversity and for the many ecosystem services that they provide at the local, regional and global level. For example, deforestation and forest degradation contribute between 15 and 25 per cent of current human-associated greenhouse gas emissions. Forests are under threat from many quarters including clear-cut and selective logging and conversion to agriculture and other land uses.
The Tropical Rainforests of Southeast Asia
Southeast Asian Rainforest
Blogger templates created by Templates Block. Wordpress theme by Hosting-Agency. The tropical rainforests of Southeast Asia are a part of the earth's oldest existing tropical ecosystems. They are also thought to be the most biologically diverse ecosystems as their biological diversity and richness is unparalleled by that of the Brazilian Amazon and African tropical rainforests. Despite this fact, Southeast Asia is losing its forest coverage faster than any other tropical region in the world; it is estimated that 10 years from now, the primary forests of Southeast Asia will be completely destroyed.
Southeast Asia Rainforest Facts
This bamboo is a rare type of bamboo which can only be found in the Southeast Asian rainforest. Unfortunately, it is almost extinct because rainforests are disappearing at the rate of 40 acres per minute. This particular bamboo can grow anywhere between 40 and 80 feet in height. This bamboo is very important to the environment; it reduces soil erosion, so this one plant being extinct will affect the whole environment.
The Southeast Asian rainforests are the oldest, consistent rainforests on Earth, dating back to the Pleistocene Epoch 70 million years ago. It has a biological richness and diversity unequaled by that of the Amazon or African rainforests. Yet Southeast Asia is losing its rainforests faster than any equatorial region, and has the fewest remaining primary rainforests.