our Intern Oliver spent a week here at NWS to learn more about conservation and how we incorporate it into our itineraries.
With an estimated 20% of the Amazon biome already lost, Oliver looked into the impact this has had on its wildlife, and this is what he found…
The Amazon Rainforest is located in South America and is the largest tropical rainforest on Earth. The Amazon is contained within nine different countries, with Brazil, Peru and Colombia having the greatest access to the forest. It is one of the most diverse and unique regions on Earth with more species being found here than anywhere else, and 75% of these species being unique to the forest.
The Amazon and the wildlife found within are being and have been greatly affected by persistent deforestation. Its estimated that 20% of the Amazon biome has already been lost, with this expected to rise to around 27% by 2030 if the current rate of deforestation continues. Unsurprisingly, the main culprits of this deforestation are the countries that contain the majority of the forest. Brazil contains 60% of the Amazon – more than any other country – and is responsible for 50% of the deforestation that takes place.