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Deforestation rates in the Brazilian Amazon have fallen sharply

Deforestation rates in the Brazilian Amazon have fallen sharply

Deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon decreased by 66 percent in August compared to the same month last year. Last month, there were indications of deforestation on 563 square kilometers of rainforest, Brasilia’s Environment Ministry announced yesterday evening (local time), citing preliminary data from the National Institute for Space Research (INPE). And in August 2022, its area was 1,661 square kilometres.

From January to August, deforestation decreased by 48 percent compared to the same period last year. When he took office at the beginning of the year, Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva announced that he would work to promote environmental and climate protection. Recently, for example, the police have taken action against illegal gold diggers through a series of large-scale operations. Recently, Lula announced that he would support communities in the Amazon with R$600 million (€112 million) from the Amazon Fund in the fight against deforestation, slashing and burning.

The Amazon rainforest is a storehouse of carbon dioxide and has an important function in the international fight against climate change. During the term of right-wing President Jair Bolsonaro (2019 to 2022), deforestation, slashing and burning of forests increased sharply. Above all, the former military saw untapped economic potential in the region, and gave farmers and gold miners considerable freedom when it came to acquiring land. He cut off funds from the regulatory authorities or deprived them of their powers.

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