The Rainforests are being destroyed, daily at alarming rates. The deforestation is caused by three main factors: Commercial Logging
, Non-commercial Farming Operations and Commercial Agricultural Development, there are also many minor factors, but the biggest of these is Cocaine production.
Many sources pinpoint commercial logging
as the primary culprit in tropical rainforest destruction. Logging
damages the rainforest directly through the removal of commercially valuable timber species such as mahogany, rosewood, meranti, kapok and teak. Indirect damage occurs in several ways. As the desired trees fall, they pull down surrounding lianas and epiphytic growth (vines); a single tree and its epiphytes may harbor as many ant species as the British Isles. Injury to nearby trees also occurs. The World Wildlife Fund estimates that for every tree intently cut down, another 50 are fatally damaged. Another major indirect effect of logging
is the increased access to the forest that logging
roads provide for people. Influx of landless farmers then results in more forest degradation due to their shifting agricultural efforts.