Ecotourism In The Tropical Rainforest

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Ever wonder what the world would be like with even less rainforests or possibly none at all? Well, if tropical rainforest deforestation doesn’t lessen then the world will soon find out. The rainforests are being cut down at an immensely dangerous rate and little to nothing is being done to grow the forests back up again. The rainforests are being destroyed and the impact of it is beginning to become awfully serious. Human beings must start using the rainforests more sustainably and efficiently or the effects may be catastrophic. A rainforest is a very important type of forest that covers a very small percentage of the world’s land- six percent, though it used to cover fourteen (Raintree). Tropical rainforests are the oldest ecosystems on …show more content…
People travel from all over the world, all year long, to visit these immaculate forests. According to the Embassy of Costa Rica in Washington DC, Costa Rica makes an earning of about 1.7 billion dollars per year through ecotourism. That is impressive, but ecotourism has many other benefits that has nothing to do with money and everything to do with the tropical rainforests. Ecotourism helps sustain the forests, if managed correctly. When an activity is bringing 1.7 billion dollars to a country, the country tends to do all that it can to maintain the activities popularity. In order to maintain tourism of the rainforests, there has to be rainforests- therefore, the government is forced to care about them. Ecotourism also helps the tropical rainforests because when tourists visit the forests, many of them learn about the destruction being done and become an advocate for saving them. Just imagine how many people it takes to generate 1.7 billion dollars- those people could make a huge impact on the sustainability of the rainforests. When individuals hear “ecotourism” their minds immediately jump to revenue, but ecotourism in the tropical rainforests has so many more benefits, maybe even more important benefits, than just creating …show more content…
Human beings try to keep rare plants, animals, etc. alive every day, so why are the rainforests constantly being destroyed? Maybe it will take until there is only one rainforest left, or one acre of a rainforest left, for the human race to realize that these forests, just like other plants and animals, are rare and need to be treated as so. It is crucial that the world realizes the individuality of these forests before it’s too late. No place on Earth has as many species of trees, plants, insects, animals or probably any other organism that comes to mind as the tropical rainforests do. White rhinos are nearly extinct and are guarded 24 hours a day, other nearly extinct animals are kept in sanctuaries and zoos to protect them. If the world is undergoing such measures to protect these animals, it makes no sense that they wouldn’t be doing the same thing about the tropical rainforests. It is understood that rainforests can’t exactly “go extinct” because they are not a single type of organism, but they definitely can be demolished. If this occurs, which it will at this rate, it is quite possible that many animals that live within the rainforests will go extinct. So, why are the rainforests treated any differently than the endangered species? That answer is unknown, and

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