Information was shared in Collection 8 of the annual maps of land cover and land use in Brazil by MapBiomas, which also confirms two new deforestation arcs
The loss of native vegetation in Brazil has accelerated in the last 10 years (2013 to 2022), which is a period that coincides with the effectiveness of the new Forest Code, approved by the Congress in 2012. This is one of the main news items from the Launch of Collection 8 of the annual maps of land cover and land use in Brazil (1985-2022) by MapBiomas, which took place during the 8th Annual Land Use and Ecological Transition Seminar, on August 31.
In the 5-year period prior to the new Code, 5.8 million hectares were lost. In the next five years, the number increased to 8 million. In the last 5 years, 12.8 million hectares of native vegetation have been devastated. The data also shows the consolidation of two new arcs of deforestation in centers of strong agricultural expansion: the border between Amazonas, Rondônia and Acre, known as Amacro, which has had a tenfold increase in agricultural use in the last 38 years; and the northeast of the Cerrado, the Matopiba, the border between Maranhão, Tocantins, Piauí and Bahia, which saw an increase of 14 million hectares in agriculture and cattle raising.
Read the full article and the official broadcast of the Seminar.