- Contemporary Issues, Foreign Worlds, Environment, Investigation, and Social Issues
Save the rainforests! The plea has been seen and heard everywhere. While tropical rainforests are a part of many regions of the world, virtually all attention has focused on the Amazon. Until now, no documentary has presented a global examination of this critical global question. This documentary circles the planet in search of answers.
Filmed in a dozen rainforested countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America - as well as in Japan, the world's largest importer of tropical rainforest wood. Prime focus is on the human and economic dimensions. Included are tribal people, new settlers, squatters, farmers, loggers, government, industry and environmental leaders.
"Can Tropical..." depicts why the forests are vanishing, who is responsible, the human and environmental results, the effectiveness or ineffectiveness of protection measures, and what else can be done to save them.
- Show treatment
Part 1. Life and death values of rainforests to humans, extent of deforestation, effects on people and environment of Amazon logging, cattle ranching, mining, charcoal making, dams, new settlers. Indonesia's vast transmigration program. Economic pressures for the road linking the Amazon to the Pacific coast and the growing Asia market. Deforestation of Panama, effects on the Panama Canal and the connection to the Amazon highway.
Part 2. Japan's controversial role as the major importer of rainforest wood from SE Asia. Tribal people fighting for their forest: the Penans of Sarawak and Batacs of Palawan in the Philippines. "Saving rainforests" through sustainable management. Indonesia's "forests forever" public relations campaign. Eucalyptus and other plantation crops in Thailand and Ivory Coast. Industry-backed "social forestry" in the Philippines. 35 minutes
Part 3. Economic assets of standing forests. Debt-for-nature swaps, rainforest parks in Costa Rica. Ecology of saving small forests in Brazil. Population pressures and other human problems in protecting forests in Rwanda, Cameroon, Ivory Coast. Deforestation linked to catastrophic erosion in Madagascar and devastating floods in Thailand. "Extractive reserves" to protect forests and those who survive from them. Panama's Kuna Indians as a model of indigenous people saving their own rainforests. 38 minutes
- Running time
- 116 minutes
- Robert Richter ... Producer, Director, Writer, Reporter
- Burleigh Wartes ... Cinematographer
- Robert Achs ... Addl. Cinematography
- Prod. Co.
- Richter Productions, Inc.
- United States
- Years of Production
- Madagascar, Indonesia, Philippines, Japan, Malaysia, Ivory Coast, Rwanda, Brazil, Peru, Mexico, Costa Rica
- Release year
- PBS Prime Time Broadcast
- Distributor: Richter Productions
- English, Spanish, Portugese, Japanese, French
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