Inpe: Amazon has a 21.97% increase in deforestation in

The Legal Amazon suffered another high in the deforestation rate, which reached 21.97% in the period between August 2020 and July 2021. Released this Thursday (18), the data were compiled through the Prodes program, linked to the National Institute of Space Research (Inpe). The survey highlights that it is the highest index recorded in the region since 2006.

A total of 13,235 km² were deforested. The researchers identified a 52.9% increase in the total area deforested during the first three years of the Bolsonaro administration, with an average of 11,405 km² between 2019 and 2021. In the three previous years, the system had recorded an average of 7,458 km².

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“It is evident that the actions needed by Brazil to curb deforestation and climate change will not come from this government, which is stuck in time and still sees the forest and its peoples as an obstacle to development”, said, in a statement, the door spokesperson for the Greenpeace Amazon campaign, Cristiane Mazzetti.

The organization also highlights that the numbers in the document date from October 27th and, therefore, predate the departure of representatives of the Bolsonaro administration to the Glasgow Climate Conference (COP 26), in Scotland.

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“Despite the government’s recent attempts to clean up its image, reality is imposing itself once again. The more than 13 thousand km² is not surprising for those who have followed the last three years of dismantling in Brazilian environmental management and the attempts to weaken the legal framework for protecting the environment”, criticizes Mazzetti.

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Other organizations also reacted to the numbers, such as the Climate Observatory. The entity points out that this is the first time that deforestation has increased for four consecutive years since 1988, when measurements by Inpe began.

“The result is the result of a persistent, planned and continuous effort to destroy the environmental protection policies of the Jair Bolsonaro regime. It is the triumph of a cruel project that makes the world’s largest tropical forest disappear before our eyes and makes Bolsonaro’s Brazil a global climate threat,” said the organisation’s executive secretary, Marcio Astrini.

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Emergency

The climate emergency context that draws the world’s attention is currently looking towards Brazil. The escalation of deforestation recorded in the last three years has left the country in dire straits due to the devastation, which affects international agreements signed by the Brazilian State and compromises the country’s image in certain negotiations of globalized trade.

“And this situation will only get worse if the Senate approves the Grilagem Bill, which benefits invaders of public lands and encourages even more deforestation”, highlights the Greenpeace spokeswoman, mentioning the controversial Bill 2633/20, which proceeding in the Chamber of Deputies. The proposal is sponsored by the ruralist caucus, traditional opponent of the movement in defense of the environment.

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The data released on Thursday by Inpe, for example, were measured in an interval in which 32% of deforestation alerts were related to the so-called “non-destined public forests”, areas belonging to the Brazilian State that have not yet received a specific destination and therefore become a frequent focus of land grabbers.

Edition: Vivian Virissimo

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