Young YOU| Amazon rainforest – a threatened paradise

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The world’s largest rainforest plays a crucial role in maintaining the global climate and is home to 10% of all species. (Photo: Getty Images/Gallo Images)
The world’s largest rainforest plays a crucial role in maintaining the global climate and is home to 10% of all species. (Photo: Getty Images/Gallo Images)

With an area of more than 5,5 million km², the Amazon is the largest unspoilt rainforest on Earth. It makes up about 40% of the South American continent and stretches across nine countries – Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela, Brazil, Bolivia, Guyana, Suriname and French Guiana.

About 35 million people depend on this rainforest for food, water and raw materials. About 9% of the population consist of indigenous groups. Some of the rainforest’s isolated communities have never had contact with the outside world.

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