Greater loss of Amazon rainforest in Brazil reported in 2021 | News

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In Brazil from January to December 2021, the loss of native vegetation in the Amazon rainforest represented 10,300 square kilometers, according to the Institute of Man and the Environment of the Amazon (Imazon) of Brazil.

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This data is equivalent to almost the entire city of Manaus, and is considered the worst year of the decade for the biome (group of ecosystems), in terms of environmental devastation, according to a survey by that Brazilian body.

The research, based on satellite images, found that deforestation rose by 29 percent compared to that reported in 2020, where this forested area had already lost the largest area since 2012: some 8,000 square kilometers of destruction.



The executive secretary of the Climate Observatory, Márcio Astrini, who is part of Imazon, said that “the data confirms what we are observing in the country since Jair Bolsonaro was elected president.”

“It is a government that promotes environmental crime, that has declared itself an enemy of the environment, and is responsible for absolutely all these figures,” Astrini said.

According to the National Institute for Space Research (Inpe), from August 2020 to July 2021, the biome lost 13,200 square kilometers of vegetation, the largest area since 2006.

The government entity pointed out that among the consequences are “the change in rainfall, the loss of biodiversity, the threat to the survival of traditional peoples and communities and the intensification of global warming,” it wrote in a report.



On the other hand, the Movement of People Affected by Dams of Brazil (MAB) valued that the Government of Jair Bolsonaro has weakened environmental control policies and teams since he took office in January 2019.

Likewise, the militant group denounced that the Brazilian head of state encouraged the criminal networks that work on deforestation, using violent practices against the defenders of the forests.



According to Inpe’s deforestation monitoring specialist, Juan Doblas, the loss of Amazonian territory has also been based on “legislation that makes the regularization of large illegally occupied and deforested areas more flexible. It favors and facilitates the regularization of large surfaces. On the other hand, we have the dismantling of the inspection bodies, both state and federal.”

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