The Amazon region depends on deforestation for its economy, but this deforestation destroys the natural habitats of animals (many endangered) and contributes to huge amounts of CO2 emissions. Ecotourism is a potential way to replace the economic dependency on deforestation. It allows the economy to shift from something that destroys the environment to something that helps the environment and receive the same amount of money. Similar efforts have been made in countries like Madagascar with success. By creating new opportunities for work, the rate of deforestation will go down, positively affecting the environment. However, many regions in the Amazon are hard to reach, making tourism very difficult. WWF Brazil is supporting projects that would make this ecotourism easier. If successful, this would support the economy of Brazil while also protecting the habitats of endangered species and reducing global emissions. 

Source: Ecotourism Could Help the Amazon Reduce Deforestation and Handle Climate Change. Accessed 22 Mar. 2022.

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