The rainforests of Southeast Asia and Oceania are disappearing more rapidly than any others on earth. Nonetheless, Southeast Asia is home to the greatest number of people who depend on the rainforest to live.
The rainforests in this region are under tremendous pressure, with large, contiguous forests remaining only on the islands of Borneo and New Guinea. Previously, the entire region was covered by lush rainforest.
Many countries in Southeast Asia and Oceania have some rainforest, but those with the largest remaining forests are Indonesia, Malaysia and Papua New Guinea.
This region’s rainforests are among the most complex and species-rich ecosystems in the world. Southeast Asian rainforests are renowned for the elephants and orangutans that live in them, and more than 3,000 species of plant have been registered.
Asia is home to the wides variety of tree species. (image by Live Science)