LAND CONSERVATION & TREE FACTS: WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW
WHAT IS LAND CONSERVATION?
Land Conservation is the process of guarding and protecting natural land or returning developed land to its original state.
Land conservation is NOT the same as preservation.
Conservation: to preserve land for human consumption
Preservation: maintaining land for beauty and habitat NOT for human consumption.
The rate of deforestation is 2 to 3 times lower when managed by indigenous people or communities.
HOW MUCH OF THE AMAZON IS BEING DESTROYED?
20,000 square miles each year
150 acres lost every minute
WHY IS LAND CONSERVATION CRUCIAL?
TREES ARE USED MORE THAN JUST FOR LANDSCAPING. TREES PERFORM A VALUABLE, LIFE-SAVING SERVICE OF CONVERTING GASES INTO BREATHABLE OXYGEN.
TREES REDUCE NITROGEN LEVELS.
TREES IN THE RAINFOREST PRODUCE LIFE-SAVING MEDICATIONS.
*Currently, over 120 meds are manufactured using rainforest trees. It is estimated 25% of medicines come from trees in the rainforest
OTHER AMAZING BENEFITS OF LAND CONSERVATION
- Preserve land for future generations
- Protect resources (food and water)
- Purifying air
- Allows for wildlife habitat -Builds and strengthens communities