Deforestation in the Amazon drops 61% in January, points out Inpe


Deforestation in the Amazon in January this year fell 61% compared to the same period before. There were 167 km² deforested, compared to 430 km² in 2022. Still, there was a decrease compared to December 2022, which recorded 229 km² deforested.

The alerts were released this Friday (10th) by Deter, a system of Inpe (National Institute for Space Research), which disseminates information to combat deforestation in real time. The number confirms the partial reductions in January and is the fourth lowest in Deter’s recent historical series, which began in 2015.

The decrease occurs in the midst of the rainy season in the region, which makes felling difficult. The high numbers at this time are considered outliers.

The indicators for January are the first in the government of Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva (PT), which has Marina Silva (Rede) who returned to the command of the Environment portfolio 15 years after his first passage and in a much more complex context for the fight against deforestation.

Still, the Lula government needs to face the scenario left by former president Jair Bolsonaro (PL) to fulfill the promises of zero deforestation and reduction of emissions, reinforced in the inauguration speech and even before it.

Actions, such as the first government operations against deforestation and mining, have weight in the country’s image and in the possibilities of resources to combat deforestation. The United States, for example, is considering its first contribution to the Amazon Fund.

A possible announcement is expected during Lula’s meeting with Joe Biden at the White House this Friday (10), said two US officials with direct knowledge of the matter.

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