Deforestation in the legal Amazon increased 64% in the first seven days of May 2020, compared to the same period in 2019.
An analysis of data from Inpe’s Deter system reveals deforestation alerts in 261 km2 of the biome as of May 7 – the highest record of the period in the last 10 years. In the first week of May 2019 there were alerts for 159 km2.
The accumulated deforestation between January 1 and May 7, 2020 reached an area of 1,536 km2, which corresponds to the emission of 74.4 million tons of CO2. The increase was 65% compared to the same period in 2019 and more than double the average of the last 10 years (678 km2).
The monthly consolidated alert data from January to April 2020 indicate that at least 10% of deforested areas are within protected areas (Conservation Units and Indigenous Lands). Together, these alerts cover an area of 125 km2, which represents a 78% increase compared to 2019.
In the Conservation Units (UCs), the area under deforestation alert more than doubled between January and April: it was 105 km2 in 2020, compared to the 40 km2 registered in 2019. The CMU with the most deforestation alerts were the Zone of Environmental Protection (APA) Triunfo do Xingu (30.04 km2), the Acari National Park (18.25 km2), the Jamanxim National Forest (10.99 km2), the Jaci-Paraná Extractive Reserve (10.88 km2) , the Tapajós APA (7.48 km2) and the Jamanxim National Park (5.33 km2).
According to Mariana Napolitano, Science Manager of WWF-Brazil, the actions of the Federal Government could further aggravate the situation of deforestation in the Legal Amazon.
While in the National Congress some deputies try to block bill 2633, which regulates land grabbing, the Executive is further weakening the management and inspection of protected areas, with a set of actions that reduce the protection of ecosystems Brazilians, including the ineffectiveness of the Amazon Fund, the drastic reduction in inspection actions, the dismissal of employees and the extinction of UC management positions, reducing the command of parks, reserves, ecological stations and APA.
Mariana Napolitano, Science Manager of WWF-Brazil