December 2, 2020

Deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon grows 171% in April, according to study

Deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon grew 171% in April compared to the same month last year, according to a private study released this Monday, which estimates the lost forest mass in that region at 529 square kilometers, compared to the 195 square kilometers felled in 2019.

This is the highest deforestation rate in the last ten years for the month of April, according to the Institute of Man and the Environment of the Amazon (Imazon).

The data indicates that 60% of the fellings took place in private areas, while 22% occurred in conservation areas, 15% in settlement regions and 3% on indigenous lands.

Among the indigenous regions with high rates of degradation is that belonging to the Yanomami tribe, located between the states of Roraima and Amazonas, one of the most affected ethnic groups in the South American country with COVID-19.

In Brazil, more than 350 cases of the new coronavirus have been confirmed in indigenous people, of which more than 20 were registered in the Yanomami ethnic group, according to data from the National Indian Foundation (Funai).

Imazon noted in the report that the highest deforestation rate in the entire Amazon region was registered in the state of Pará, with 32% of cases in April.

Mato Grosso (26%), Rondonia (19%) and Amazonas (18%) followed.

For the year accumulated, the felling of trees in the Brazilian Amazon reached 1,073 square kilometers, which represents an increase of 133% compared to that recorded during the first four months of 2019, when deforestation totaled 460 square kilometers.

Imazon is a non-profit research institute, made up of Brazilian researchers who use the information provided by various satellites to monitor the Amazon and disseminate data on deforestation in that vast region.

The organization is conducting analyzes through the Deforestation Alert System SAD), which performs practically the same functions as the systems used by the Government, to produce independent warnings about deforestation.

However, the data registered by Imazon almost exceeds by more than double those disclosed by the Government last week.

While the SAD registered a 171% increase in deforestation in April, compared to the same month last year, the Deter, the tool used by the National Institute for Space Research (INPE, for its acronym in Portuguese) estimates that in the same comparison the increase was 63.75%.


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