Wealth of the Rainforest - Pharmacy to the World from Raintree ...
Resource database of rainforest plants including medicinal properties, preservation
options, articles, and clinical trial data.

  • The Amazon Rainforest is the world's greatest natural resource - the most powerful and bio-actively diverse natural phenomenon on the planet

  • Yet still it is being destroyed just like other rainforests around the world

  • The problem and the solution to rainforest destruction are both economic

  • Rainforests are being destroyed worldwide for the profits they yield - mostly harvesting unsustainable resources like timber, for cattle and agriculture, and for subsistence cropping by rainforest inhabitants

  • However, if land owners, governments and those living in the rainforest today were given a viable economic reason NOT to destroy the rainforest, it could and would be saved

  • Many organizations have demonstrated that if the medicinal plants, fruits, nuts, oils and other resources like rubber, chocolate and chicle, were harvested sustainably - rainforest land has much more economic value than if timber were harvested or if it were burned down for cattle or farming operations

  • The latest statistics show that rainforest land converted to cattle operations yields the land owner $60 per acre and if timber is harvested, the land is worth $400 per acre

    Tropical Plant Database
    Searchable list of plants from the Amazon rainforest, by common or botanical
    name, action, ailment, properties or ethnic uses.

  • Raintree's Rainforest Mission Other Links Free Service Raintree is dedicated to providing accurate and factual information on the important plants of the Amazon Rainforest, therefore this section of the Raintree web site is the most extensive

  • This Tropical Plant Database is continuously under construction as we continue to add more rainforest plants which are under research and update the information on the plants in the database

    World Rainforest Information Portal - Amazon, South America, Asia ...
    A comprehensive world rainforest information portal with well organized links
    and descriptions of thousands of rainforest related websites. Plus rainforest news ...

  • Welcome to the Rainforest web, Your Gateway to Rainforest Information and Resources

    Jungle Photos - Tropical Wilderness Photos and Information
    Educational site with a wide range of Amazon rainforest information and hundreds
    of photos: animals, plants, native people, scenery, space images, conservation, ...

  • | Welcome to Jungle Photos! Here you can see hundreds of images of animals, plants, scenery and people from the Amazon rainforest in tropical South America, the Galapagos Islands and Africa


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    Rainforest Biomes
    All about the tropical rainforest biome. Includes description, global position,
    climate, and information on specific plants and animals of this biome.

  • F.A.O The tropical rain forest is a forest of tall trees in a region of year-round warmth

  • Rain forests belong to the tropical wet climate group

  • The temperature in a rain forest rarely gets higher than 93 °F (34 °C) or drops below 68 °F (20 °C); average humidity is between 77 and 88%; rainfall is often more than 100 inches a year

  • Almost all rain forests lie near the equator

  • Rainforests now cover less than 6% of Earth's land surface

  • Scientists estimate that more than half of all the world's plant and animal species live in tropical rain forests

  • Tropical rainforests produce 40% of Earth's oxygen

  • A tropical rain forest has more kinds of trees than any other area in the world

  • Seventy percent of the plants in the rainforest are trees

  • About 1/4 of all the medicines we use come from rainforest plants

  • All tropical rain forests resemble one another in some ways

  • Despite these differences, each of the three largest rainforests--the American, the African, and the Asian--has a different group of animal and plant species

    Save the Amazon Rainforest | Amazon River - Rainforest Animals
    Information about the amazon rainforest, its people, places of interest, and how
    everyone can help the rainforest.

  • Save the Amazon Rainforest The Amazon rainforest is the biggest forest in the world and is also the last big space covered with tropical plants and animals

  • The Amazon forest territory is a tropical rainforest that is located in the north side of the South American continent and is shared by 9 countries: Brazil, Bolivia, Peru, Colombia, Venezuela, Suriname, French Guiana and Guiana

  • Travel through the forest can be difficult, and a guide or a river tour are the best options to see the natural wonders of the rain forest

  • The space covered with the forest is 5.5 million square kilometers (3.4 million square miles )

  • The Portuguese explorers that colonized Brazil believed that somewhere in that huge forest they would find the "Eldorado", an entire city made of gold that has an almost intangible value

  • The "Rain" forest is a nickname that describes the humidity that you find in tropical and equatorial forests, but it doesn't rain all the time

  • Tropical rainforests are always located near the equator, and are very hot

  • The forest also helps to retain water in their branches, roots and soil

    Amazon information and tours. Flora and fauna descriptions and images included.

    Discover Amazonia - Amazon Rain Forest - Brazil, Ecuador and Peru ...
    A guide to travel, tours, nature tours, cruises, treks, jungle lodges, birding
    and rafting in the Amazon rainforest of Ecuador, Peru and Brazil...

  • Amazon Jungle Cruises Inti Travel and Tours and our South American associates are proud to present you with an opportunity to travel to the Amazon to experience this spectacular rainforest with its abundant wildlife and friendly people

  • Journey with us for an amazing trip of a lifetime! We offer Amazon rainforest tours and expeditions, Amazon jungle lodges, backbacking, trekking, birding and other great vacation packages

  • The southern part has a topography of low hills and it bellows to the humid rainforest or Yungas

  • It has many and diverse habitats, from mountain forest, to lowland savannas and tropical forest

  • Features include beach and forest camping, canoeing, trekking, fishing, and wildlife photography

  • Trips on Tucano are not luxury cruises! But at the same time you can be comfortable and focus on the forest and its magnificent wildlife

  • 18 people), trained naturalist guides, and thoughtful itineraries, we offer a genuine, thrilling experience with the REAL Amazon rainforest

  • Part the Napo Pleistocene Refuge, Kapawi is a center of high endemism with an amazing diversity of animals, plants and ecosystems: dry and flooded forest, lakes, swamps and an extraordinary system of rivers

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    The Creative Connections Project: Amazon Rain Forest, Africa ...
    A 500 page multimedia interactive site that takes students on learning adventures
    to various regions of the globe. Also provides teachers with curriculum pages ...

    Learn about the tropical rainforest first hand.

    Amazon lodges: Rainforest Expeditions
    Combines tourism with environmental education and research. Specializes in the
    Bahuaja-Sonene National Park, Tambopata area. Operates Posada Amazonas and ...

  • TAMBOPATA The Tambopata National Reserve (TNR) is part of a 3.7 million acre conservation unit in southeastern Amazonian Peru created in 1990 by the national government working in partnership with local grassroots and international conservation organizations, including Rainforest Expeditions

  • The staff all show a genuine concern for the guest and speak passionately about the rainforest and Peru

  • The lodge's beautiful and we felt that we were as close as we could be to the forest

  • Well done!! About Us Rainforest Expeditions is a Peruvian ecotourism company founded in 1992 by Eduardo Nycander and Kurt Holle with the purpose of providing authentic educational experiences that support the conservation of the areas where we operate

  • We hope you will join us at our Amazon lodges and share our passion for the rain forest and its natural history in an experience that may change your life

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    Amazon tours and cruises with GreenTracks.
    Travel service offering tours to the Amazon, Cuzco, and Machu Picchu.

  • Description: Rainforest tours with GreenTracks

  • This content belongs to By George Ledvina Amazon tours and cruises - An exciting journey deep into the Amazon rainforest

  • While on your Amazon cruise you will spend your days hiking through the Amazon rainforest, exploring by small boat, viewing Amazon wildlife, fishing for piranha, relaxing in comfort on the upper deck, all while surrounded by sights and sounds most people have only imagined

  • Experience up close Amazon rainforest from the Amazon riverboat on your Amazon cruise, the cry of colorful tropical birds, the lush smell of the rainforest, countless flowers, towering trees, pink dolphins playing alongside your boat, incredible reptiles and amphibians, iridescent butterflies, and captivating monkeys

  • Amazon Tours, Amazon Cruises, Amazon rainforest tours, adventure travel and Amazon eco-travel with GreenTracks

  • Tours of the Amazon Rainforest with leading naturalists

  • Amazon Lodges Amazon Cruise Costa Rica tours Amazon tours of Madidi National Park, Bolivia Amazon tours of Manu National Park, Peru Pantanal of Brazil Take an Amazon tour or an Amazon cruise and experience new cultures, incredible wildlife and the magical scenery of the Amazon rainforest


    EO Library: Tropical Deforestation Fact Sheet
    Explains why deforestation happens, and the rate at which forests are disappearing.

  • By Gerald Urquhart, Walter Chomentowski, David Skole, and Chris Barber The clearing of tropical forests across the Earth has been occurring on a large scale basis for many centuries

  • This process, known as deforestation, involves the cutting down, burning, and damaging of forests

  • The loss of tropical rain forest is more profound than merely destruction of beautiful areas

  • If the current rate of deforestation continues, the world's rain forests will vanish within 100 years-causing unknown effects on global climate and eliminating the majority of plant and animal species on the planet

  • Why Deforestation Happens Deforestation occurs in many ways

  • Intensive, or modern, agriculture occurs on a much larger scale, sometimes deforesting several square miles at a time

  • Large cattle pastures often replace rain forest to grow beef for the world market

  • Commercial logging is another common form of deforestation, cutting trees for sale as timber or pulp

  • Commercial logging uses heavy machinery, such as bulldozers, road graders, and log skidders, to remove cut trees and build roads, which is just as damaging to a forest overall as the chainsaws are to the individual trees

    Galapagos and Amazon Cruises Latin America Rain Forest Peru Chile ...
    Offers programs to the Amazon Rain Forest, Galapagos Islands and Patagonia.
    Also, tour packages to Ecuador, Peru and Chile.

  • Since 1980 HOME GALAPAGOS M/V Xpedition Eric, Letty, Flam M/V Explorer Economic Boats S.Cruz-Isabela QuasarNautica -Evolution -Lammer Law -Mistral, Alta -Parranda AMAZON Peru Brazil Ecuador SPECIAL DEALS Tour programs to the Amazon Rain Forest and Galapagos Islands

    Amazon International Rainforest Reserve (AIRR)
    A non-profit organization set up exclusively to buy land in the Amazon and protect
    it with forest rangers for the purpose of preserving the rainforest.

    Rainforest Concern - conserving and protecting threatened natural ...
    Conserving and protecting threatened natural habitat, particularly rainforests
    and the biodiversity they contain in Ecuador, Sri Lanka, the Amazon, ...

  • 15 September 2006 Tel: +44 (0) 20 7229 2093 (UK) Registered Charity no 1028947 Rainforest Concern operates in for more detail about our projects

  • The world’s tropical rainforests are the richest and most diverse habitats on earth

  • Rainforest Concern was established as a registered charity in 1993 to protect the world’s tropical rainforests and the incredible biodiversity they contain, together with the indigenous people who still depend on them for their survival

  • (Click here for more details and how to help) One of our most urgent priorities is to complete our Choco-Andean Rainforest Corridor Project in north west Ecuador

  • This project will ultimately create a vital link between Andean cloud forests and the lowland forests of the Awa Ethnic Reserve

  • In doing so it will ensure continuity of forest between the three largest reserves in western Ecuador

  • The rainforests here are among the most threatened in South America and form part of the world's most biodiverse region: the Tropical Andes

  • Rainforest destruction is one of the leading causes of greenhouse gas emissions

  • Much of what Rainforest Concern does helps to reduce these emissions by preventing the cutting and burning of rainforests from occurring in the first place

    AMAZONIA Sustainable Development, Health, Education, Biodiversity ...
    Ecology and environment of the Xixuaú-Xiparinã Reserve, the Jauaperí Region and
    Amazonia in general.

  • , in the Xixuaú-Xiparinã Reserve, the Jauaperí Region and the Amazon in general - - Slide Show Applet (Java Enabled Browser Required) The Amazon Rainforest Written by the pupils of the Xixuaú-Xiparinã School Sustainable Development on the Rio Jauaperí The Amazonia Association and the Reserve Xixuau-Xiparina Amazonia Association Websites Website in Italian maintained by the Associazione Amazonia ONLUS - Italia presents up to date and complete information on the Amazonia Association, the Xixuaù-Xiparinà Reserve, projects and ecotourism - Website in Danish maintained by the Danish section of the Amazonia Association

    Ecuador Rain Forest Conservation - Sustainable Development
    Works with local communities of the Amazon to improve their education, provide
    medical care, and develop environmentally sustainable micro-businesses to support ...

  • The Foundation for Integrated Education and Development (FUNEDESIN) is the only organization to represent Ecuador in this international seminar and will send four students (two Quichua indigenous and two mestizo) from the Amazon rainforest who are enrolled at the Yachana Technical High School

  • At the Foundation for Integrated Education and Development (FUNEDESIN) , we are dedicated to finding sustainable solutions in the struggle between the ideals of rain forest preservation and the realities of life in the Ecuadorian Amazon

  • We work with local communities to develop community-based medical care and ecotourism programs, establish sustainable agricultural practices, improve education, provide environmentally sustainable economic alternatives, and conserve the rain forest

  • The non-profit Foundation has created two for-profit companies, and, to finance its fight against poverty and disease and the destruction of Ecuador's imperiled rain forest

  • One hundred percent of the profits from both companies support FUNEDESIN's rain forest conservation, poverty reduction, healthcare, and community development projects, guaranteeing their long-term financial sustainability

    Rainforest Canopy—Introduction
    Overview, history of access methods, photographs, trees, ephiphytes, vines and
    lianas, and animals.

  • Rainforest Canopy - Introduction TROPICAL RAINFORESTS The Canopy THE CANOPY An estimated 70-90% of life in the rainforest exists in the trees, above the shaded forest floor

  • Primary tropical rainforest is vertically divided into at least five layers: the overstory, the canopy, the understory, the shrub layer, and the forest floor

  • The shrub layer is characterized by shrubby species and juvenile trees that grow only 5-20 feet off the forest floor

  • The forest floor is the ground layer of the forest made up of the trunks of trees, fungus, and low growing vegetation

  • These layers are not always distinct and can vary from forest to forest, but serve as good model of the vegetative and mechanical structures of the forest

  • The billions of leaves of the canopy, acting as miniature solar panels, provide the source of power for the forest by converting sunlight to energy through photosynthesis

  • In addition to collecting solar energy and regulating the climate, the canopy shields the understory from harsh and intense sunlight, drying winds, and heavy rainfall, and retains the moisture of the forest below

  • Thus the forest interior is a far less volatile environment than the upper parts of the canopy ceiling

    Rainforest Conservation Fund
    A non-profit organization that is dedicated to preserving the world's tropical forests.

  • WELCOME The Rainforest Conservation Fund is an all-volunteer non-profit organization (501)(c)(3), that is dedicated to preserving the world's tropical forests

  • Neise Digital Communication There is still life in the Peruvian Amazon! And the Rainforest Conservation Fund is engaging in new initiatives to keep it there

  • Since 1993, RCF has been working to conserve rainforests at the Reserva Comunal Tamshiyacu-Tahuayo (RCTT) in the Department of Loreto, Peru

  • We have concentrated on creating a conservation ethic through community development, mainly by means of assistance with agroforestry projects

  • But the atmosphere is changing in Peru, and 2006 will be an exciting and challenging year for RCF and for this part of the Amazon rainforest

  • For RCF, these are the people who live in the villages near the RCTT and who exploit forest resources

  • It is essential that they understand the basic biology and ecology of their home, the Amazon tropical rainforest, or they will not feel any need to preserve it

  • Keep watching for more news on the progress of our new projects! Rainforest Conservation Fund 2038 North Clark Street Suite 233 Chicago, IL 60614 773/975-7517


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