Another reason why deforestation is a serious issue is the fact that with deforestation comes eroded land which, in turn, leads to lakes and dams that are filled with silt (The Challenge, 9). Flooding can also be a result of deforestation as shown in 1979 when "India suffered $2 billion in property damage and numerous lives in the Ganges Valley in part because of deforestation in northern India and Nepal" (Thompson, 11).
In order to know how to reduce deforestation rates, one first must understand the causes of deforestation. Though the causes are many and varied, there are several main causes that I would like to point out. The first direct cause is probably the most obvious: industrial logging. In fact, industrial logging accounts for 20% of deforestation in low-income nations and approximately 84% in high- income nations (Causes, 2). Industrial logging accounts for the loss of about 1600 million cubic miles of forest per year (2). Today, the most important direct threat to forests in Central Africa, East Siberia, and British Columbia is logging (WRM, 2).
Along with logging comes international trade. Mahogany is a species of