There’s many reasons to be interested in Rainforests, whether for just enjoying a more natural environment for a change of scenery or for a larger project that you’re involved with. Either way, here are some interesting facts and figures if you didn’t already know:
- Using less than 2 percent of the Earth’s total surface area, the world’s rainforests are home to 50 percent of the Earth’s plants and animals.
- Are one of the most popular places to visit for the relatively new ecotourism industry.
- From Michael Blalick of the Institute of Economic Botany, “Of more than 265,000 known plant species, less than 3 percent have been tested for their medical applications, yet out of this tiny portion have come 25 percent of all medicines.”
- There are more than 2,000 tropical forest plants have been identified by scientists as having anti-cancer properties.
- Rainforests are the main sources for the Earth’s limited supply of drinking and fresh water.
- One hectare (2.47 acres) can contain over 750 types of trees and 1500 types of plants.
- Rainforests once covered 14% of the earth’s land surface; now they cover 6%.
- One pond in Brazil can support a greater variety of fish than all the rivers of Europe.
- At least 80% of the developed world’s diet came from the tropical rainforest, including fruits like avocados, coconuts, figs, oranges, lemons, grapefruit, bananas, guavas, pineapples, mangos and tomatoes. Vegetables such as corn, potatoes, rice, winter squash and yams. Spices like black pepper, cayenne, chocolate, cinnamon, cloves, ginger, sugar cane, tumeric, coffee or vanilla as well as nuts including Brazil nuts and cashews.
- At least 3000 fruits are found in rainforests and of these only 200 are used by mainstream society, the Indians of the rainforest use over 2,000.
Around the planet you have rainforests that are tropical, hot and rainy, or temperate, cooler and rainy or foggy. Here’s a brief overview of where their locations.
Warm and wet, getting 6-10 feet of rain a year.
From the Amazon to Central America, the Caribbean and Hawaii.
- Amazon: Covers 40% of South American countries including Brazil, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela, Guyana and Suriname.
- Center West Region of Brazil: Emas National Park and Chapada Dos Veadeiros.
- El Salvador: The Montecristo Cloud forest.
- Costa Rica: The Monteverade forest.
- Puerto Rico and most of the islands in the Caribbean.
- Hawaiian tropical rainforests.
Africa, Asia and Australia
In central Africa, Sri Lanka and most of Southeast Asia.
- Dem. Rep of Congo: The Ituri Rainforest.
- Cameroon: The Kilum Ljim forest.
- Madagascar: The Lowland forests.
- Sri Lanka: The Sinharaja forest.
- Malaysia: The Mount Kinabalu National Park.
- Throughout the Philippines, Indonesia and Papua New Guinea.
- Australia: The Daintree Rainforest.
More scattered in the northern and southern latitudes, the coniferous or broadleaf forests thriving in cooler areas with high amounts of rain and fog.
North and South America
In areas generally to the north as well as the southern tip of South America.
- Alaska: Kodiak island and other areas.
- Canada: The British Columbia coast.
- US, Lower 48: Northern California, Oregon, Washington and the Appalachians.
- South America: Southern Chile and Argentina around the Andes mountain areas.
Europe and Africa
In northern Europe, Spain and an area in South Africa.
- Norway: The Scandinavian coastal conifer forest ecoregion on the Norwegian coast.
- UK & Ireland: The Atlantic Oakwood forest.
- Turkey and Georgia: The Colchian rainforests around the Black Sea.
- Spain: The Fragas do Eume in northwestern Spain.
- Africa: The Knysna Forest Biome in South Africa.
Asia, Australia and New Zealand
In many of your more mountainous regions.
- Iran: The Caspian Hyrcanian forest.
- Azerbaijan: The Lankaran Lowland and the Talysh Mountains.
- Taiwan: In eastern and central Taiwan are the high elevation mountain rain forests.
- Japan: The Taiheiyo evergreen forest and the Kirishima-Yaku National Park.
- Australia: On the mainland east coast and Tasmania.
- New Zealand: In areas of both the north and south island.
Here are some of the ways you can use to share content with others interested in rainforest activities.
- Organize different topics, activities or projects with folders. Within each you can add application content as appropriate.
- Use to share content about similar plant species, how they’re used and growing patterns. Store office files in the Documents application, photos in Images and others can add comments for feedback.
- Use to organize travel or visits to the rainforest. Store information for transportation, lodging, add a travel itinerary to a note and include actions that need to be done before departure.
- Organize a project by adding a new folder for the project and actions with their priority, owner and due date. Expand the project with sub-folders and see integrated views in respective parent folders.
- Store and share useful websites in a centralized place for easy reference.
- Add relevant blogs for the different rainforests to the news reader, see an integrated view of the most recent article from each. You can also add a keyword to the news search, such as for the specific rainforest you’re interested in.
- Add sub-networks for different activities or projects, where you’re including others not already on one of your main networks. Import relevant files from one network to another as appropriate.
- Use in your preferred language, including English, Portuguese, Spanish, French, Hindi, Indonesian, Malay, Norwegian, Turkish and Japanese.
- Stay informed of any new content shared with you or comments by adding a Newsletter to your network. You can schedule for a daily, weekly or monthly basis and if there’s any new content, you’ll receive an email summary of the changes.
Learn more about having your own network with an organization or group, including application examples, the benefits, FAQs and relevant blog articles.