Deforestation

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ASSIGNMENT 03 (the portfolio) .

This assignment contains 2 parts; The first part contains a detailed explanation of a specific environmental problem which in this case is deforestation explored though the areas interconnectedness with Biodiversity and Conservation Biology as well as the area of Soil and Agriculture. Furthermore the first part contains a relevant environmental awareness and responsibility plan. The second part contains my own “Statement of Environmental Awareness and Responsibility”

DEFORESTATION – a challenge to sustainable environment on Earth
By Eric Notulu Mubuka
INTRODUCTION
Deforestation is commonly defined as: “the cutting down of trees on a large scale turning forests into non forests”. There a many
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Amazon Rainforest destroyed or damaged in 2008: http://news.mongabay.com/2009/0319- brazil_inpe_degrad.html, May 2009.
Environmental problems.

Soil erosion.
In “Forests and the end of second millennium” in forests in a full world (2001) George M. Woodwell points out that the most successful civilizations have decayed as forests where destroyed and replaced with scrublands. The scrublands were further impoverished by intensive grazing and erosion until the underlying rocks emerged and became the land scape. He goes further giving an example of the ancient Syria, Persia, throughout the Levant, and the Mediterranean basin, also the decline of the state known as Greece today was as a result of loss of forests and the impoverishment of the landscape. The same process happened with respect to Carthage in North Africa.

We also have contemporary examples of land degradation from Haiti and Madagascar, now over populated and deforested and degraded to the point where their land scape are dysfunctional, incapable of supporting organized society. The rivers no longer flow in established channels, water from storms in mountains appears as floods in low lands and carries silt to fill harbors and destroy the coastal fisheries, so to restore all these problems, there is need to reforest and stabilize the uplands to regain control of water flows and water quality and to re-establish a potentially
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