Forest Transparency for the Legal Amazon (September 2010)

Forest Transparency for the Legal Amazon (September 2010)

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

In September 2010, SAD detected 170 square kilometers of deforestation in Legal Amazon. This represented a 21% reduction in relation to September 2009 when the deforestation reached 216 square kilometers.

The accumulated deforestation from August 2010 to September 2010 has totalized 380 square kilometers. Comparing with the previous period from August 2009 to September 2009 when the deforestation reached 489 square kilometers there was a reduction of 22%.

In September 2010 approximately 48% of deforestation occurred in Mato Grosso. The rest occurred in (18%) followed by Rondônia (14%), Amazonas (11%), Acre (7%), Roraima (1%) and Tocantins (1%).

The accumulated deforestation from August 2010 to September 2010 resulted in a commitment of 6 million tons of C02 equivalents, which are subject to direct and future emissions by burning and decomposition. It represents a reduction of 25% in relation to the previous period (August 2009 to September 2009) when forest carbon affected by deforestation was about 29 million tons of C02 equivalent.

The degraded forests in Legal Amazon totaled 500 square kilometers in September 2010. Comparing with the previous period of September 2009 there was an increase of 141% when the forest degradation totaled 202 square kilometers. The Forest degradation occurred especially in Mato Grosso (85%).

The forest degradation accumulated from August 2010 to September 2010 totaled 2.055 square kilometers. It represented an extremely expressive increase (213%) comparing with the previous period (August 2009 to September 2009) when the forest degradation totaled 657 square kilometers.

In September 2010, it was possible to monitor with SAD 83% of the area with forest coverage in Legal Amazon.

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