The Amazon recorded deforestation of 312.23 km² in March, an area 15% smaller than that recorded in 2021, according to data from the alert system of the National Institute for Space Research – INPE
On the other hand, the first quarter of 2022 was the worst in Inpe’s historical series. January, February, and March, months that are generally not the focus of deforesters, had a combined 941.3 km² of lost forest – a 64% increase over the same period last year.
The release of the data takes place in the same week that Brazil announced its new targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, with deforestation being the main source of carbon release in the country.
In the document sent to the United Nations (UN) body in the fight against climate change, called the Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC), the country plans to reduce its emissions by 37% in 2025 compared to 2005. commits, in 2030, to a 50% reduction in relation to 2005.
Normally, the period between December, January, February, and March accumulates lower deforestation rates as they are within the rainy season of most states in the biome. However, current rates compare to dry season records in years where there was greater action against environmental crimes.