Brazil responds to less than 3% of deforestation alerts: study

Officials from Para State, northern Brazil, inspect a deforested area in the Amazon rain forest on September 22, 2021; a new rep
Officials from Para State, northern Brazil, inspect a deforested area in the Amazon rain forest on September 22, 2021; a new report says Brazilian authorities responded to only 3 percent of deforestation alerts between 2019 and 2022.

President Jair Bolsonaro's government has responded to less than three percent of deforestation alerts, a sign that "impunity reigns" in the destruction of Brazil's forests, an environmental monitor said Tuesday.

MapBiomas, a consortium that uses to track the destruction of the Amazon rainforest and other regions in Brazil, said it had launched a new platform to cross-check reported deforestation with government records on fines, arrests and other responses by environmental authorities.

It said that since Bolsonaro took office in January 2019, the had responded to just 2.17 percent of deforestation alerts.

"Despite the abundance of information and evidence of environmental crimes, oversight measures from the government are still far short of what's needed to curb deforestation," Ana Paula Valdiones of the Center of Life Institute (ICV), one of the groups involved in the platform, said in a statement.

The cases in which responded corresponded to 13.1 percent of the total deforested area from January 2019 to March 2022, MapBiomas said.

It is the latest awkward news on the environment for Bolsonaro, who has drawn international condemnation for a surge in clear-cutting and fires in the Amazon, a key resource in the race to curb .

Under the far-right president, who has pushed to open protected lands to agribusiness and mining, average annual deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon has increased by more than 75 percent from the previous decade, according to official figures.

Environmental groups accuse the Bolsonaro government of encouraging deforestation with its pro-agribusiness policies and rhetoric, and of turning a blind eye to infractors.

According to the Climate Observatory, a coalition of environmental groups, Brazil's (Ibama) spent just 41 percent of its allocated policing budget last year.

The findings from the new MapBiomas platform "show that impunity still reigns when it comes to illegal deforestation in Brazil," said Tasso Azevedo, general coordinator for the consortium of universities, environmental groups and tech companies.

The environment ministry did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

© 2022 AFP

Citation: Brazil responds to less than 3% of deforestation alerts: study (2022, May 4) retrieved 3 February 2023 from https://phys.org/news/2022-05-brazil-deforestation.html
This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.

Explore further

Indigenous lands block Brazil deforestation: study

46 shares

Feedback to editors