The single greatest direct cause of rainforest destruction in Southeast Asia is logging.

In general, the majority of this logging has been for export and much if it for the production of cheap hardwood plywood.

Beginning in the 1930s, logging for plywood grew exponentially and has now claimed a number of countries' forests, especially Philippines, Malaysia and Indonesia.

Thailand's and India's forests have been severely depleted for the demand for teak, first by the British and later by the U.S.

Click on the countries to the right to find out more about specific problems associated with logging there.