What is a forest?
How do we use forests?
What is happening to our forests?
Forests of the future
Explain that pupils are going to compare and contrast the histories of Scotland's forests and the Congo Basin rainforest.
Give each group a set of cards and ask them to read the cards and decide if they are about the Scottish forest or the Congo Basin rainforest.
Ask pupils to share their choices and explain why. Talk about any differences in opinion and come to a class consensus.
Ask each group to now place the cards on a timeline in order for both the Congo Basin rainforest and Scottish forest. The activity can be simplified by giving them some of the positions of the cards as a starting point.
Ask groups to share the order they have put the cards in and discuss any differences groups have and why.
Which events do you think will have had the biggest impact on each of the forests? Why?
What do you think will be the future for the Congo Basin rainforest and the Scottish forest? Why?
Early use of both forests was by hunter-gatherer and farming communities. These people depended upon the forest and lived with it in relative harmony. However, this changed as communities living great distances from the forest began using its resources and as populations increased and technological improvements enabled people to exert more control over the natural environment. The futures of the forests are explored in more detail in Section 4.