We often hear of unfortunate tales of deforestation whereby hundreds of acres of pristine rainforest are destroyed for other purposes.
It’s a crying shame that these beautiful surroundings are so readily demolished, especially in an era when paper is less and less of a necessity, but thankfully there are still large swarms of rainforest regions that continue to survive.
Some of these rainforests have a considerable appeal to tourists.
For example, the Amazon basin always attracts adventure enthusiasts who want to explore this remarkable region up close, while the Daintree Rainforest in the Australian state of Queensland has more than 400,000 visitors a year.
Some rainforests aren’t mere tourist havens – they are the epicentre of people’s lives.
In the Congo Rainforest that traverses nine countries in sub-Saharan Africa, there are 150 separate tribes comprising more than 39 million people who call this area home.
Were loggers to move in with bulldozers and destroy this rainforest region, they would also destroy so many people’s livelihoods.
The death toll might not be as high as if the area was subjected to a terrorist attack or a natural disaster, but its effect in turning people’s lives upside-down and forcing them to rebuild or relocate would be similar.
Here is an infographic which profiles some of the world’s most important rainforests and outlines some information about the ecological and animal life that exists in these regions.