Deforestation ‘out of control’ as Brazil’s Amazon sees record levels of destruction

13 Juillet, 2020, 18:52 | Auteur: Therese Cote
  • Deforestation ‘out of control’ as Brazil’s Amazon sees record levels of destruction

The National Institute for Space Research (INPE) at the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation revealed in a report on Friday that deforestation in June was 10.6 per cent higher than in the same month of 2019, and 24.31 per cent higher than May this year, reports Xinhua news agency.

There's also been a marked increase in forest fires, just as the dry season begins.

Brazil has been criticized by a number of countries and environmental groups over large-scale deforestation and fires that ravage the world's largest rainforest during the dry season.

President Jair Bolsonaro, a climate change skeptic, has facilitated farming and mining projects on protected land and indigenous reserves.

The vice president said the government had inherited understaffed environmental agencies.

The decree, set to be issued next week, repeats a similar ban past year.

Deforestation in Brazil's Amazon has risen by a quarter since a year ago, official statistics show.

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Deforestation of the Brazilian Amazon increased by a record 25 percent year-on-year in the first half of 2020, according to official data released Friday.

Last month, investment funds from Europe, Asia and South America that collectively manage almost $4 billion demanded in an open letter that Bolsonaro stop projects that threaten to accelerate the destruction of the planet's largest rainforest.

"At no time did investors commit with resources, they want to see results.to do with the reduction in deforestation", Mourao, who heads the National Amazon Council, told reporters.

'It's not true that we're destroying the jungle to produce food, ' he said, also denying that Brazil was dismantling the state's environmental protection structure.

Mourao spoke on Thursday with representatives of nine of the investment funds and will meet on Friday with businessmen who equally expressed concern about a policy that is damaging Brazil's global image.

"The outlook can not be to control deforestation with a huge military operation".

Non-governmental organizations point out that the right-wing government's discourse in favor of the Amazon's commercial exploitation contradicts the military mission of inspection and prevention. "What we are seeing is pressure from the private sector for a different plan for the Amazon", said Napolitano.

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