Already, 20%of the Amazon region has been cut and burned to build ranches, croplands and roads. Despite the success of many conservation efforts, the Amazon loses an area of the forest the size of Haiti each year – and that´s expected to double over the next decade.
Rising temperatures and unreliable weather patterns are making it harder for Amazon farmers to grow their crops. And the severe droughts that affect parts of Amazonia today could, in time, turn much of the rainforest into grasslands and weaken the region´s ability to absorb harmful carbon pollution.
People Need Amazonia to Thrive