Inundation of forests through dams

Other Names:
Loss of forests by artificial flooding
Submerging forests
Forests represent more than the market value of timber: dams destroy also such benefits as soil preservation, water replenishment, climatic stabilization, air purification and wildlife shelter. Bacterial decomposition and methane production in flooded forest areas are much faster than in pre-flood sediments, so contributing to global warming.
Problem Type:
E: Emanations of other problems
Date of last update
12.04.1999 – 00:00 CEST