Deforestation in the Amazon in the first five months of the year was the highest since 2016

10 junho 2022

The biome lost 2,867 km2 between January and May, breaking the devastation record for the third consecutive year; May 2022 has the second highest mark for the month

By WWF-Brasil 

The Amazon had 2,867 km2 devastated in the first five months of 2022, according to the DETER system, from the National Institute for Space Research (INPE). The value is the highest recorded for this period since 2016. It is the third consecutive year with records of deforestation in the period. The increase compared to 2021 was 12.7%.
In the month of May alone, 900 km2 were deforested in 2002 - the second highest value for the month since 2016, surpassed only by the devastation recorded in May 2021: 1,390 km2.

The states with the most deforestation in May 2022 were Amazonas, with 298 km2 and Pará, with 272 km2. The municipalities with the largest area devastated in May this year are Apuí (AM), Porto Velho (RO), Altamira (PA), Lábrea (AM) and Itaituba (PA). 

The Conservation Units with the highest deforestation in May are in Pará: Tapajós Environmental Protection Area, Jamanxim National Forest and Terra do Meio Ecological Station.

In the Cerrado, 726 km2 were deforested in May, a reduction of 19% compared to May last year, according to DETER. In May, the greatest devastation in the biome occurred once again in the states of the so called MATOPIBA region: Maranhão (192 km2), Piauí (165 km2), Tocantins (144 km2) and Bahia (99 km2).

However, in the year, between January and May, 2,613 km2 have already been deforested in the Cerrado. The value represents an increase of 28.5% compared to the first five months of 2021. It is the second highest value recorded since 2018 for the period, but it is on the same level as the record of 2019, when 2,632 km2 were devastated.

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