Forest Transparency for the Legal Amazon (May 2011)

Forest Transparency for the Legal Amazon (May 2011)

amazonia_legal_abril_2011See here the data about the deforestation and forest degradation in the Brazilian Amazon for May 2011.

Hayashi, S., Souza Jr, C., Sales, M. & Veríssimo, A. 2011

In May 2011, SAD detected 165 square kilometers of deforestation in Legal Amazon. It represented a 72% increase regarding May 2010 when the deforestation totaled 96 square kilometers. From this total 39% occurred in Pará, followed by Mato Grosso (25%) and Rondônia (21%). The rest occurred in Amazonas (12%), Tocantins (2,5%) and Acre (0,1%).

The deforestation accumulated in the period of August 2010 and May 2011, corresponding to the first ten months of the current Deforestation Calendar, has reached 1.435 square kilometers. There was 24% increase regarding the same previous period (August 2009 to May 2010) when the deforestation totaled 1.161 square kilometers.

The degraded forests in Legal Amazon totaled 248 square kilometers in May 2011. From this total, 42% occurred in Mato Grosso followed by Pará (27%), Rondônia (22%), Amazonas (7%), Tocantins (1,5%), and Acre (0,5%). The forest degradation accumulated in the period of August 2010 to May 2011 totaled 6.081 square kilometers. Regarding the previous period (August 2009 to May 2010) there was an expressive increase (363%) when the forest degradation totaled 1.312 square kilometers.

In May 2011, the deforestation detected by SAD compromised 2.8 million tons of equivalent CO2 which represents an increase of 55.6% regarding May 2010. In the accumulated period (August 2010 – May 2011) the deforestation compromised 83.9 million tons of equivalent CO2 and represented an increase of 10% regarding the previous period (August 2009 to May 2010).

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