Deforestation report for the Brazilian Amazon (October 2015) SAD

SAD october 2015Fonseca, A., Justino, M., Souza Jr., C. & Veríssimo, A. 2015. Deforestation report for the Brazilian Amazon (October 2015) SAD (p. 10). Belém: Imazon.

SAD detected 230 square kilometers of deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon in October 2015. That represented a 5% reduction in relation to October 2014 when deforestation totaled 244 square kilometers. It was possible to monitor 98% of the forest area in the Brazilian Amazon while in October 2014 monitoring covered a smaller area (72%) of the territory.

In October 2015, deforestation was concentrated in Mato Grosso (29%), Pará (24%) and Amazonas (16%), with a lower occurrence in Roraima (2%), Tocantins (2%) and Acre (1%).

Degraded forests in the Brazilian Amazon totaled 1.009 square kilometers in October 2015. In relation to October 2014, when forest degradation totaled 468 square kilometers, there was a 115% increase.