what are the importances of forests?

Asked by  | 27th Dec, 2009, 12:55: PM

Expert Answer:

Forests are biodiversity hotspots and are essential to maintain the ecological balance.

The forest is also vital as a watershed. Because of the thick humus layer, loose soil, and soil-retaining powers of the trees' long roots, forests are vitally important for preserving adequate water supplies. Almost all water ultimately feeds from forest rivers and lakes and from forest-derived water tables.

In addition, the forest provides shelter for wildlife, recreation and aesthetic renewal for people.

It also provides irreplaceable supplies of oxygen and soil nutrients.

Deforestation, particularly in the tropical rain forests, has become a major environmental concern, as it can destabilize the earth's temperature, humidity, and carbon dioxide levels.

Forests are very important for climate control, pollution abatement, and wildlife maintenance.

Forests provide livelihood for several people.

Many products essential for all walks of life are produced from forest trees.

Answered by  | 31st Dec, 2009, 12:51: PM

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