In 2022, the state of Amazonas set one record after another when it came to deforestation. The state, considered the new frontier of deforestation, had its highest alert rate in the first three months of the year since 2016, when the Institute for Space Studies’ (INPE) DETER program series began.
In January, Amazonas registered 44 km² of area at risk, seven times more than in the same period in 2021, when 5.86 km² of deforestation was recorded. In February, 40.49 km² were in a state of alarm, which is 58% more than in the same period last year (25.81 km²). March set a new record with 106 km² of deforestation, up 72% from the same period in 2021, when warnings were issued for 61.41 km² in the state.
Amazonas surpassed Par last month and touched Mato Grosso over a deforested area. Historically, the territories of Pará and Mato Grosso have been ranked first on the list of deforestation.
According to the Amazon Operations Center (AMS), also from INPE, in March 2022, deforestation in the Amazon was concentrated in rural settlements, with 48.7% of the total reported, followed by unspecified areas, with 41.3% areas registered in rural areas. Environment registry with 9.39% and conservation units with 0.61%.
Deforestation in the Amazon
Across the Legal Amazon, deforestation warnings for March were 312.23 km². This is slightly less than in the same period in 2021, when warnings were registered for 367.6 km² of forest. But there is nothing to celebrate: the area lost in the last month in the Amazon is equivalent to the entire area of the city of Fortaleza and is one of the worst figures for a month in the INPE series.
Among the states, Mato Grosso is in the lead, where 108 km² are ready. Adjacent to it is the Amazon with an area of 106 km²; it is followed by Para with an area of 45 km²; Rondonia, 37 km²; Roraima, with an area of 13 km²; Acre, 2 km² of warnings were registered in March; and Maranhao, with 1 km².