THE LAST FOREST FRONTIERS
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Executive producer: Ana Cristina Henríquez


According to Forest Global Watch, half the forests that initially covered our planet have been chopped down. Close to a third are so fragmented that the areas they cover are too small to maintain, in the long run, the species that live within them.

The huge extensions of natural woodland that remain intact and with relatively low levels of intrusion -forested frontiers- make up valuable refuges for biodiversity. Within them, natural processes continue to generate and maintain biological resources we all depend on.

These forested frontiers also contribute a series of environmental services, such as the protection of river basins and climate stabilization, which makes the planet inhabitable.

Venezuela has been identified by the Institute of World Resources as one of 12 countries in the world that conserves 90% of the forested frontiers that remain on the planet. The largest part concentrated south of the Orinoco River, in the region of Guyana.

The forests of the Guyana region contain more than half (58%) of the wildlife known in Venezuela. These include classified species and others as yet unregistered. Half the wildlife species depend on the forest for their existence and therefore are vulnerable due to the process of deforestation and the destruction of their primary habitats.

The colonization of the forests by small farmers and miners represents the greatest threat to the wooded ecosystems in the Guyana region. The current practices of the timber trade and mining industry operating in the region encourage the degradation of the rainforests, and where demographic pressure is high, deforestation increases.

By not taking adequate measures, these wooded ecosystems -Forested Frontiers- could disappear before scientists have the opportunity to study them and humanity time to enjoy them, affecting life on Earth forever
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