In Brazil, deforestation in the Amazon is at its lowest level since 2018

Deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon reached its lowest level in six years during the January-February period, according to a report published Monday by the Imazon institute.

In the first two months of 2024, 196 km2 were deforested in the largest rainforest on the planet, a 63% reduction compared to the same period last year (523 km2).

But this area is equivalent to about 327 football fields a day, says Imazon, which publishes a monthly report with data from its Deforestation Alert System (SAD).

In February, this institute observed a reduction in deforestation in a year for the eleventh consecutive month.

3 states strongly affected by deforestation

Only three of the nine states of the Brazilian Amazon (Matogrosso, Roraima and Amazonas) concentrated 77% of the deforested areas during the January-February period, or 152 km2.

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Brazil: between the ocean and the Amazon

According to Imazon, deforestation in Roraima has reached indigenous lands, including the Yanomami reserve, the largest in Brazil, as large as Portugal.

The Yanomami people have been experiencing a serious health crisis for several years, due to the intrusions of illegal gold miners who are destroying the forest and contaminating the rivers with mercury.

The government of left-wing President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, in office since January 2023, has committed to eradicating by 2030 illegal deforestation in the Amazon, which had increased considerably under the mandate of his far-right predecessor. Jair Bolsonaro (2019-2022). ).

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According to official government figures, drawn from data collected by satellites from the Space Research Institute (INPE), deforestation in the Amazon was halved last year compared to 2022.

The data shows that we still have a big challenge ahead. Achieving zero deforestation by 2030 is absolutely necessary to combat climate change“, estimates Larissa Amorim, Imazon researcher, quoted in a press release.

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