Forest Transparency for the Legal Amazon (June 2010)

Forest Transparency for the Legal Amazon (June 2010)

legal_amazon_june_2010Hayashi, S., Souza Jr, C., Sales, M. & Veríssimo, A.

In June, 2010, SAD detected 172 square kilometers of deforestation in the Legal Amazon. That represented an increase of 15% in relation to June, 2009 when deforestation totaled 150 square kilometers.

The accumulated deforestation for the period of August, 2009 to June, 2010 totaled 1,333 square kilometers. In comparison with the previous period of August, 2008 to June, 2009 (when deforestation totaled 1,234 square kilometers), there was an 8% increase.

In June, 2010, the majority (67%) of the deforestation occurred in Pará. The remainder occurred in Amazonas (13%) then Mato Grosso (10%), Rondônia (8%), Acre (1%), Roraima (0.5%) and Tocantins (0.5%).

The accumulated deforestation for the period of August, 2009 to June, 2010 resulted in the commitment of 85 million tons of C02 equivalent, which are subject to direct and future emissions due to burning and decomposition events. That represents an increase of 3% in relation to the previous period (August, 2008 to June, 2009) when the forest carbon affected by deforestation was around 87 million tons of C02 equivalent.

The degraded forests (forests intensely exploited through logging activity and/or burning) in the Legal Amazon totaled 402 square kilometers in June, 2010. Of that total, almost all (97%) occurred in Pará.

In June, 2010, it was possible to monitor 75% of the area with forest cover in the Legal Amazon.

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