Why Prevent Deforestation?
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The ecosystems of Latin America are the most biodiverse ecosystems in the world. From endemic to flagship species, the plants and animals found in these areas are irreplaceable. Jaguars, tapirs, Andean bears, Tanagers, Giant otters, Two toed sloths, Humboldt penguins, and South American sea lions are just a few of the many charismatic animals you help to protect when you donate to NCI. Learn more about the ecosystems you help to protect, here.
Forests affect rainfall and weather patters that influence the severity of both droughts and flooding. Forests have a cooling effect on the planet that is vital to not only mitigating climate change, but providing fresh water. Forests store large amounts of water and help moisture return to the atmosphere. Deforestation takes away this water storage and causes erosion that increases runoff contaminating water supplies. By creating reserves that protect forested watersheds, NCI helps to provide clean water to over 1 million people. Learn more about our watershed programs, here.
Indigenous communities that live in the rainforest rely on the natural resources that surround them. Food, medicine, and shelter all come from the forest. For the indigenous Shawi of Peru, 75 percent of their family economy depends on resources from the river and forest. Maintaining a balance with the forest, as they have done for centuries is vital to their ability to survive as a culture. The effects of deforestation directly impacts indigenous peoples. Learn more about the many indigenous communities NCI works with here.