Value of the Rainforest

People benefit from the rainforest in many ways :

  • Economic value - Wood is the most important product of the rainforest. About 80 % of it is used for energy and 20 % is sold to make furniture. The forests produce other valuable goods like fruits, nuts, different kinds of oils and rubber.
  • Scientific value - Scientists study the rainforest as an ecosystem. They learn a lot about how plants and animals live together. Tropical plants are used to cure diseases like malaria.
  • Environmental value - Rainforests help to regulate our environment. Trees control the water that reaches the ground. They also take up a lot of rain. Much of this water evaporates and gets into the atmosphere again as vapour. Then it turns into rain and comes down to earth. Without rainforests, floods and droughts would be very extreme. Rainforests also help our atmosphere from becoming too warm.

Fog produces water vapour, which returns into the atmosphere.

  • benefit = if something helps you
  • cure = to make an illness go away
  • drought = a long period of very dry weather
  • ecosystem = all the plants and animals that live together in a certain area
  • environment = nature and the world around us
  • evaporate = to change from liquid to gas form
  • flood = a large area of water that covers a place that is usually dry
  • furniture = large objects in the house that are mostly made of wood, like chairs, tables, cupboards  
  • regulate = control
  • scientist = person who is trained in science and works in a lab
  • valuable = very important
  • vapour = very small drops of liquid that float in the air