Causes And Impacts Of The Borneo Lowland Rainforest

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The Borneo Lowland Rainforest is one of the richest forests in the world, it is an ecoregion within the tropical and subtropical regions of the island. The rainforest is located in Southeast Asia and runs through parts of Malaysia and Indonesia, the region has no clear boundaries to separate it from the Borneo Mountain Rainforest. The Lowland Rainforest takes up around 57% of the island territory consisted of an estimated 10,000 plant species, 380 bird species, and 15,000 mammal species. The area has a steady tropical monsoon climate consisting of heavy rains and warm temperatures which hold stable throughout the year, ensuring a rich diversity of trees and plants. Unfortunately, now the forest is reducing at an alarming rate putting many animals …show more content…
The Borneo Lowland Rainforest is being destroyed without regard for the effects in the future for the main purpose palm oil. Borneo accounts for over 90% of the palm oil production. Therefore, the demand for palm oil there is rising rapidly due to inexpensiveness of the product and is expected to double within the next century, meaning that more forest will be destroyed, and more plants animals will be at risk or go extinct unless something is done to conserve what is left. Another factor putting animals at risk in the Borneo Rainforest is poachers. Borneo has little to no law enforcement to enforce hunting laws therefore leading to illegal hunting, and putting animals into or at risk of …show more content…
And while the forest continues to shrink, more animals will be captured into trade or hunted and become locally extinct or worldwide extinct. Also, plants only found Borneo that could have life saving properties will also become extinct and possibly never be found on earth again. I believe some ways to conserve what is left of the forest is to have more law enforcement in “protected” areas to enforce poaching laws, this will prevent part of the wildlife and hunting trade. Also, if there was a limit put on the amount of palm trees cut each year the deforestation rate would go down. Also, without logging trails there would be less of the wildlife and hunting trade due to harder access to the forest, and there would be time for the forest to slowly replenish itself. Lastly, I believe raising the price of palm oil would be beneficial because the demand for it would go down and less forest would be needed to keep up with the high

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