Deforestation in the Amazon in the first half of 2022 is the highest since 2016

08 julho 2022

The biome lost 3,988 km2 between January and June, breaking the devastation record for the fourth consecutive year in the period

By WWF-Brasil 

The Amazon had 3,988 km2 deforested in the first six months of 2022, according to the Deter system, from the Inpe (National Institute for Space Research). The value is the highest ever recorded for this period since the beginning of the historical series in 2016 - practically triple the value recorded in 2017 (1,332 km2).

It is the fourth consecutive year with records of deforestation in the period. The increase compared to the first six months of 2021 was 5%. In the first half of 2022, the municipality of Formosa do Rio Preto (BA) was the champion of deforestation alerts with 261 km2.

The month of June also had the worst mark in the historical series. In the Amazon, 1,120 km2 were devastated in the month, 10.1% more than in June 2021 (1,061 km2). The most deforested states in June 2022 were Amazonas (401 km2) and Pará (381 km2).

In the Cerrado, 1,026 km2 were deforested in the month of June alone. The value is more than double that recorded in 2021 (485 km2) and 2020 (427 km2), an increase of 111.5% compared to June last year. In June 2022, once again, the most devastated states are in MATOPIBA region: Maranhão (400 km2) and Tocantins (193 km2).

Between the beginning of January and the end of June, 3,638 km2 were devastated in the Cerrado, which represents an increase of 44.5% compared to the first six months of 2021, when 2,518 km2 were destroyed.
For Mariana Napolitano, science manager at WWF-Brazil, deforestation in the Amazon in the first half of 2022 was alarming and puts the biome closer and closer to the tipping point from which the forest will no longer be able to support itself, nor provide the environmental services on which our country depends.

"We lost 3,988 km² in the Legal Amazon in just six months, confirming the trend of intensification of deforestation in the last three years. When we lose forest, we jeopardise our future. The Amazon is key to regulating the rainfall on which our agriculture, our drinking water supply and the availability of hydroelectricity depend. The theft of public lands and illegal mining, which do not generate wealth or quality of life, is destroying our future.”

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