The decrease of deforestation in Brazil

Deforestation in the Amazon rainforest decreased by one-third during the first six months of President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva’s administration, compared to the same period last year. The decrease of 33.6% was determined on the basis of satellite images provided by the National Institute of Space Research. From January to June 2023, approximately 2,649 square kilometres (about 1,025 square miles) of rainforest were cleared, in contrast to the 3,988 square kilometres that were deforested in the first half of 2022. The reduction in deforestation was particularly significant in the month of June, with a 41% decline compared to June 2022.

An ambitious plan to address illegal deforestation in the Amazon has been launched. This initiative followed the passage of legislative changes that limited certain powers of the environment ministry by opposition lawmakers in Congress. The government also aims to allocate three million hectares (7.4 million acres) of protected land by 2027.  


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