Tibet’s Forests in Peril

Tibet is often thought of as a high and barren desert, but its eastern regions have lush forests that host many plants and animals. Unfortunately, indiscriminate logging is putting these pristine woodlands in peril.

British diplomat-adventurer Hugh Richardson, who served in Lhasa from 1936 till 1950 and wrote the book Tibet and Its History, had these comments to make: "In some 15 years of acquaintance with Tibet, I saw there was a deep, almost religious respect for the rights of each strata of society…This fundamental expression was extended towards all of nature. The majority of the people made efforts to live as much as possible with nature — not against it. Tibet's ecosystem consequently kept in balance and alive."

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