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4 Land Use Conflict in the Amazon Rainforest By Sam Irving

5 The Geographic Setting  Cover 6% of the Earth’s surface.  Home to about 50% of the world’s living species.  Nicknamed “the lungs of the Earth.”

6 Essential Question  How should the resources of the Amazon rainforest be used and preserved?

7 Land Use Conflict  What do you think this means?  :Arguments about the best ways to use the land.  Let’s look at the six sides to this conflict.

8 How does this guy use the rainforest to survive?

9 Native Amazonians  Lived in the rainforest for 12,000 years.  A sustainable way of life.  Using the resources without causing long- term damage.  Hunting, Fishing, Subsistence Farming  Want legal ownership of their homelands.  Save the Forest to Save Us!  Why don’t they want development?

10 What’s this guy doing?

11 Rubber Tappers  First came to the Amazon in the 1870s.  Collect sap from rubber trees to make rubber.  Sustainable (doesn’t hurt the trees)  Want to create protected reserves.

12 What’s going on?

13 Loggers  Enter the Amazon in the 1960s.  Clear-cut forests and sell lumber.  Deforestation  Is this Sustainable?  Provide forestry jobs, helping the Brazilian economy.  In 2004 alone, Brazil exported over $5 billion worth of wood.

14 What’s this?


16 Settlers  Entered the Amazon in the 1960s with gov’t encouragement.  Poor people looking for rainforest land to farm.  Poor soil forces settlers to clear-cut new fields every few years.  Is this sustainable?

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18 Cattle Ranchers  Also entered in the 60s.  Clear-cut to create grassland to feed cattle.  Feed the world with beef and help the Brazilian economy.  The U.S. is one of the biggest buyers of Brazilian beef.  Some estimate 55 feet of rainforest are cleared for every hamburger sold in the U.S.

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20 Environmentalists  Became active in the 1970s.  Protect the biodiversity of the rainforest.  A 2.5-acre patch of rainforest contains about 125 species of mammals, 400 species of birds, 750 species of trees, and 1,500 species of flowering plants.  Over 100 plant, animal, and insect species are lost everyday due to deforestation.  Want slower, smarter rainforest development.

21 Ideas for Reducing Land Use Conflict  Promote Ecotourism: attracts people who would like to visit a unique ecosystem.

22  Encourage sustainable development.  Ex. Shade-grown coffee  Ex. Strip logging

23  Buy Products that protect the rainforest.

24 How do we get from here to here? What do you think?

25 Assignment: Letter to the Brazilian Gov’t  ELT: Investigate issues and justify possible resolutions involving people, places, and environments.  Write a letter to the Brazilian Gov’t explaining your ideas on how to best use and preserve the resources of the Amazon Rainforest.  Describe two actions and explain how these actions will meet the needs of at least three groups involved in the land-use conflict.

26 Works Cited "A young Kaxinawa hunter with a howler and a white-faced capuchin monkey." Subtle threats could ruin the Amazon rainforest. Web. 22 Jul "Bald Monkey." Web. 3 Oct "Blue-and-Gold Macaw, Heath River, Amazon Rainforest, Peru." Luxury Amazon Rainforest Lodges, Tours & Travel. Web. 22 Jul "Cattle Ranching in the Rainforest." HistoryWiz. Web. 5 Aug "Clear-Cut in Peru." Reforesting the Tropics. Web. 5 Aug "DJ Monkey." Animated Gif. Web. 3 Oct "EcoBrasil Logo." Brazil Ecotravel. Web. 5 Aug "Evil Monkey." Web. 3 Oct "Gibson Les Paul Studio Smartwood." Web. 8 Aug

27 Hart, Diane. Geography Alive Regions and People. Palo Alto, CA: Teacher's Curriculum Institute, Print. "Layers of the Rainforest." Science Toucan. Web. 22 Jul "Lovely Pair." Funny Animated Pictures. Web. 3 Oct "Monkey Typing." Free Animal Cipart. Web. 3 Oct "Monkey with Coffee." Animation Library. Web. 3 Oct "Rainforest Alliance Certified Seal." Rainforest Alliance. Web. 5 Aug "River Blockade to Protest Amazon Destruction." Greenpeace International. Web. 5 Aug "Rubber tapper in Jurua Extractive Reserve, Amazon, Brazil." Rubber tapper in Jurua Extractive Reserve, Amazon, Brazil. Web. 22 Jul

28 "Shade Grown Organic Coffee." Tesoros Del Sol. Web. 5 Aug "Slash and Burn in the Rainforest." Globaltopia. Web. 5 Aug "Superchimp." Web. 3 Oct "US Overlaid Amazon Basin." Mitigating Climate Change. Web. 22 Jul "Wild Jaguar, Pantanal, Central Western Brazil." Luxury Amazon Rainforest Lodges, Tours & Travel. Web. 22 Jul


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