Brazilian National Space Research Institute (INPE) has confirmed estimations that deforestation levels in 2013 increased in the Brazilian Amazon for the first time in years.
The recent figures released by INPE show that between August 2012 and July 2013 a deforestation increase of 29% was recorded; 1% more than was previously estimated in April this year. Using data collected by the NASA satellite ‘PRODES,’ it was computed that 5,891 km2 of forest were cleared during this period.
After years of declining deforestation levels, 2013’s increase comes somewhat unexpected. However, despite this increase, the period between 2012 and 2013 remains the second lowest deforestation rate recording.
The figures show a stark difference between 2013 and 2004, when the Action Plan for Prevention and Control of Deforestation in the Legal Amazon (PPCDAm) was introduced. Since its introduction, there has been a deforestation reduction of 79%.
Trocano Araretama Project
Although this increase has been detected across the Brazilian Amazon, there has been zero detected deforestation within the 1.3 million ha of the Trocano Araretama Project. These results have been confirmed during the project’s annual third-party verification, which also analysed the deforestation rates between August 2012 and July 2013. The details of the recent completed verification will be published on our website soon.
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