Questions for Expert Groups

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Group 1 - Causes & Consequences

  1. Why is turning rain forests into pasture land not beneficial in the long run?
  2. What is slash-and-burn agriculture?
  3. Why is slash-and-burn agriculture a serious threat to tropical forests?
  4. How does logging affect the forests?

Group 2 - Outside Influences

  1. How does the demand for products from tropical countries contribute to deforestation?
  2. What kinds of projects are supported by international development banks?
  3. What are some of the consequences of large-scale construction projects?
  4. How are indigenous people affected by forest development?

Group 3 - Future Shock

  1. What may be some of the long-term effects of tropical deforestation?
  2. How does tropical deforestation impact areas outside of the tropics?
  3. Do you think tropical deforestation is leading to desertification in the tropics? Explain your response.
  4. What is the relationship between deforestation and global warming?

Group 4 - Hope and Hard Work

  1. What efforts are being made to find ways to reduce tropical deforestation?
  2. Explain debt-for-nature programs.
  3. What actions has the World Bank taken to discourage environmentally destructive projects?
  4. How have environmental education and habitat restoration played a role in reducing tropical deforestation?