Brazilian Cerrado Hits Record Deforestation in April

Bioma also reached the highest mark in the accumulated data of 2023

São Paulo

Deforestation in the Cerrado reached 709 km² in April this year and set a record for the month in the historical series, which started in 2019. The data published this Friday (5th) by Deter, a program by Inpe (National Institute for Space Research), counts until the 27th, and the number may increase.

The deforested area in the Cerrado is almost the size of the capital of Goiás. The numbers had already registered a record in the first quarter of this year, amid the beginning of the government of President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva (PT) and government actions to regain control of deforestation.

In the accumulated result for the year up to April 27, the deforested area reached 2,133 km², also a record index compared to the period from January to April in previous years. The region coexists with a deforestation belt, according to Ibama (Brazilian Institute for the Environment and Renewable Natural Resources).

Translated by Cassy Dias

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