Deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon has increased by almost 22 percent, with an area of more than 13,000 square kilometers razed in the span of one year, which is the highest figure recorded in the last 15 years, according to a balance from the el National Institute for Space Research (Inpe) from Brazil.
The satellite data of the inpe have reflected that between August 1, 2020 and July 31, 2021, 13,235 square kilometers were lost, which marks growth, the third in a row since the entry of the Government of Jair Bolsonaro.
The previous provisional data of the inpe they already indicated that deforestation was growing.
Brazil’s role in mitigating climate change is considered key, while much of the country has suffered from water shortages and drought in recent months.
The part of the Amazon, a major reservoir of carbon dioxide, is equivalent to the dand Western Europe in size, but the president of Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro, he sees in the region above all untapped economic potential.
The Brazilian Government has received international pressure and announced in the COP26 en Glasgow that would end illegal deforestation of the Amazon rainforest by 2028.
In this context, Greenpeace has warned that the deforestation data published this Thursday was dated October 27, days before the COP26 began, for which it has accused the Brazilian government of trying to improve his image when he was already aware that another deforestation record had been broken.
The EU presented on Wednesday a proposal to restrict imports of goods with production linked to deforestation, which could affect Brazil.
For its part, Association of Agricultural Producers of Brazil has issued a statement expressing outrage at the proposal.