Forest Transparency for the Legal Amazon (October 2010)

Forest Transparency for the Legal Amazon (October 2010)

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

In October 2010, SAD detected 153 square kilometers of deforestation in the Legal Amazon. This represented a reduction of 21% in relation to October 2009 when the deforestation totaled 194 square kilometers.

The accumulated deforestation between August 2010 and October 2010 totaled 534 square kilometers. In comparison to the previous period (August 2008 to July 2009) when the deforestation totaled 682 square kilometers, there was a reduction of 22%.

In October 2010, the states with higher deforested area were Rondônia (34%) followed by Amazonas with 30%. The remaining deforestation occurred in Mato Grosso (16%), Pará (10%) and Acre (10%).

Through SAD it was possible to monitor 60% of the forest area of the Legal Amazon in October 2010. This may affect the deforestation ranking among the States.

In October 2010, 153 square kilometers of deforestation detected by SAD in the Legal Amazon compromised 9.5 million tons of CO2 equivalent, which represents a decrease of 20% in relation to October 2009.

The accumulated deforestation between August 2010 and October 2010 resulted in the compromise of 31.6 million tons of CO2 equivalent. This represents a reduction of 24% in relation to the previous period (August 2009 to October 2009) when forest carbon affected by deforestation was about 42 million tons of C02 equivalent.

Degraded forests in the Legal Amazon totaled 562 square kilometers in October 2010. Compared to the previous period (October 2009), there was a significant increase of 446% when the forest degradation totaled 103 square kilometers. Majority (59%) of the forest degradation occurred in Mato Grosso (59%).

The accumulated forest degradation between August 2010 and October 2010 totaled 2,617 square kilometers. This represented a significant increase (244%) compared to the previous period (August 2009 to October 2009) when the forest degradation totaled 760 square kilometers.

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