In February 2012, The Deforestation Alert System (SAD) detected 107 square kilometers of deforestation in Legal Amazon. It represented a 59% increase regarding February 2011 when the deforestation totaled 67 square kilometers.
The deforestation accumulated in the period of August 2011 to February 2012 totaled 708 square kilometers. There was 23% reduction regarding the same previous period (August 2010 to February 2011) when the deforestation totaled 922 square kilometers.
In February 2012, most part (65%) of the deforestation occurred in Mato Grosso. The rest occurred in Rondônia (12%), Amazonas (10%), Roraima and Pará (7% each).
The degraded forests in Legal Amazon totaled 95 square kilometers in February 2012. Comparing to February 2012, there was a 15% reduction, when the forest degradation totaled 112 square kilometers. Most part (70%), occurred in Mato Grosso, followed by Rondônia (15%), Roraima (9%), Pará (5%), and Amazonas (1%).
The accumulated forest degradation was of 1.528 square kilometers for the period of August 2011 to February 2012. Regarding to the previous period (August 2010 to February 2011), there was a 60% reduction, when the degradation totaled 3.814 square kilometers.
In February 2012, the deforestation detected by SAD compromised 6.6 million tons of equivalent CO2. In the accumulated period (August 2011 – February 2012) the emissions of equivalent CO2 related to the deforestation totaled 47 million tons, which represents a reduction of 14% regarding the previous period (August 2010 to February 2011).
It was possible to monitor only 24% of the forest area in Legal Amazon in February 2012 with SAD. The other 76% were covered by clouds which complicated the monitoring in the region.