Deforestation hits a record in the Brazilian Amazon for one month of September

The deforested area in the Brazilian part of the Amazon increased by 48% compared to September 2021, according to official data.

Deforestation in the Amazon hit 1,455 km2 in September, a record for this month of the year, according to official data released on Friday that suggests 2022 could surpass Jair Bolsonaro’s first-year tenure.

The deforested area in the Brazilian part of the world’s largest rainforest increased by 48% compared to September 2021, according to the satellite monitoring system of the National Institute for Space Research (INPE) of Brazil.

Deforestation also slightly surpassed the September 2019 deforestation record (1,454 km2), according to INPE, which set up this monitoring system in 2015.

From January to the end of September “deforestation is already 4.5% higher than that of the whole of 2021”, indicated the NGO Observatoire du Climat.

This figure suggests the possibility that the historical record of deforestation, recorded in 2019, with 9178 km2, is reached or even exceeded.

Lula promises to fight deforestation

According to some experts, deforestation and forest fires are intensifying this year as far-right president Jair Bolsonaro could be beaten in the second round of presidential elections by former left-wing president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva. Lula promises to be more rigorous in the conservation of the Amazon, of which over 60% is located in Brazilian territory.

“Anyone who appreciates the future of the forest, the life of indigenous peoples and the possibility of having a planet that is still habitable, should vote to oust Bolsonaro from the presidency on October 30,” Marcio Astrani, executive secretary of the Climate Observatory, said in a statement.

Although his record during his two terms (2003-2010) is far from satisfactory, Lula has promised an increase in greenhouse gas emission reduction targets under the Paris Accords, the relaunch of the Amazon Fund complemented by funding. international organizations for the protection of the forest and the fight against deforestation.

Since Jair Bolsonaro came to power in January 2019, the average annual deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon has increased by 75% compared to the previous decade. The outgoing president favored mining and agriculture (crops, livestock) in the Amazon, to the detriment of the forest.

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