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Deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon falls to 2017 levels

From January to June 2024, the area under deforestation alert in the Amazon was 1.639 km²

In the first half of 2024, deforestation alerts in the Brazilian Amazon reported the lowest levels since 2017, according to the country's authorities.

The Brazilian Ministers of Science, Technology and Innovation, Luciana Santos, and of Environment and Climate Change, Marina Silva, offered a news conference this Wednesday to present the data, obtained through the Deter system of the National Institute for Space Research (INPE).

“The area under deforestation alert in the Amazon fell 38% in the first half of the year compared to the same period in 2023,” they detailed.

The authorities explained that in the aforementioned period the area under deforestation alert in the Amazon was 1.639 km², a result that occurs "after a 50% reduction in 2023 compared to 2022."

For 2017, 1.332 square kilometers (km²) were reported, he reported Xinhua.

In relation to the Cerrado region, one of the most diverse biomes in Brazil and of the world, there was a 15% drop from January to June, “the first reduction for the period since 2020.”

“The data shows a constant downward trend in deforestation in the Amazon and the beginning of a downward trend in the Cerrado. This gives us hope that, seeing what is happening in the Atlantic Forest, with the continued decrease in deforestation, we will reach zero deforestation until 2030,” stated Silva.

For her part, Minister Santos highlighted the actions that are carried out by the Government of President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva to confront the situation.

“The data are the result of the political decision and conviction promoted by President Lula's government in the challenge of decarbonizing the country, of facing climate change and, therefore, extreme events,” he assured.


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