Review Rainforest Information by Country:
Current StatusAccording to the United Nations 95% of the neotropical forest realm of Central America, South America, and the Caribbean is in tropical rain forests. South America has within its countries over 97% of these forests, which include the world's largest tropical rainforest- that of the Amazon Basin rainforest.
BackgroundBy far, the largest numbers and sizes of contiguous rainforests are located in one geographical section of the World - the Neotropical region and specifically, the Amazon Basin.
Rainforests of the Amazon Basin are being logged. Over 30 million acres of forest land have been purchased just by Asian logging firms in the last few years. Throughout the region, rainforest area is being reduced by large scale agriculture, logging, and subsistence agriculture by poor peasants following newly opened logging roads and taking advantage of government sponsored settlement projects.
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