The importance of Forests and Rain Forests

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Rain forests and their importance to planet Earth:

  1. Restoring the Rain Forest:
    For years, Antonio Vicente begged his neighbors to listen to his warning. The water in Pouso do Rochedo, Brazil, was going to disappear and, with it, so would the life in this piece of the rainforest. And he was right. But now, after dedicating the last 40 years to reforesting his land, the water is coming back?and it is all thanks to him.

  2. This Couple Nursed a Rainforest Back to Life:
    What was once 300 acres of coffee and cardamom fields in India?s Southern Ghats is now lush native forest, all thanks to the hard work and dedication of Pamela Gale Malhotra and her husband Anil. The couple started India?s first private wildlife sanctuary, SAI sanctuary, and for the past two decades they have been nursing the land back to life. Here?s how they did it.

  3. How to grow a tiny forest anywhere:
    A forest planted by humans, then left to nature?s own devices, typically takes at least 100 years to mature. But what if we could make the process happen ten times faster? In this short talk, eco-entrepreneur (and TED Fellow) Shubhendu Sharma explains how to create a mini-forest ecosystem anywhere.

  4. India Man Plants Forest Bigger Than Central Park to Save His Island
    Since 1979, Jadav Payeng has been planting hundreds of trees on an Indian island threatened by erosion. In this film, photographer Jitu Kalita traverses Payeng?s home -the largest river island in the world- and reveals the touching story of how this modern-day Johnny Appleseed turned an eroding desert into a wondrous oasis. (Courtesy of National Geographic).