004 - Biodiversity and Change

Syllabus Point

Explain (AO2) the concept and importance of biodiversity in tropical rainforests.
Examine (AO3) the causes and consequences of reduced biodiversity in this biome.

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Key Terminology

  • Explain
  • Examine
  • Biome
  • Tropical Rainforest
Define the words above using the 'Command Term' posters in the classroom, your 'Geography Course Companion' and the useful links below.

Useful Links

Activity One - Watch and Discuss

Why protect the rainforest?


  1. Why are rainforests important?
  2. What are the problems that rainforest face?
  3. How is the biodiversity of rainforest threatened?
  4. Describe the possible solutions to the destruction of the rainforest.

Useful Resources

You will be given the geofiles below to help you answer the questions above.





Activity Two - Review

  • Using your 'Course Companion' page 71 make notes on the destruction of rainforests in Borneo.



Activity Three - Essay

"Destroying rainforests for economic gain is like burning a Renaissance painting to cook a meal " (Edward O. Wilson) Discuss (15 marks)

This will be timed in-class essay the first lesson after the break.

Useful Resources

Copy of How to write an essay graphic organizer.doc