Results from the Logging Monitoring System (Simex Network) indicate that logging in the Amazon continues to take place illegally in strictly protected regions, indigenous reserves and conservation units for sustainable use.
The data also show that, in the period between August 2019 and July 2020 alone, the total area deforested for logging was three times larger than the city of São Paulo. There were 464,000 hectares, more than half in Mato Grosso, 15.3% in Amazonas and 15% in Rondonia.
Although most of this total occurred in registered rural properties, more than 11% of the explored territory is in protected areas. In indigenous lands, 24,000 hectares were affected. The most critical situations were observed in the Tenharim Marmelos (AM) territories, with 6,000 hectares, Batelão (MT), with 5,000 hectares, and Aripuanã (MT), with 3,000 hectares.
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In conservation units, 28 thousand hectares were devastated. Only in Parna dos Campos Amazônicos (AM), a fully protected region where exploration is completely prohibited, the damage reached 9,000 hectares. Logging activity was also identified on non-designated land, public areas where logging is not allowed.
The problem may be even greater, as there is a lack of information about authorizations for forest management in most states. This verification is only possible in Pará and Mato Grosso. The survey involved seven of the nine states in the Legal Amazon, which concentrate almost all Brazilian production: Acre, Amazonas, Amapá, Mato Grosso, Pará, Rondônia and Roraima,
“Transparency is essential to qualify the debate on the forest sector in the Amazon and to fight illegal timber. We send requests for access to data via LAI, the Access to Information Law, and we have dialogued with all state environmental agencies aiming at building a positive agenda and sharing knowledge”, emphasizes Leonardo Sobral, forest manager at Imaflora, one of the organizations responsible for the study.
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The Simex Network is made up of researchers from the Amazon Institute of Man and Environment (Imazon), the Amazon Conservation and Sustainable Development Institute (Idesam), the Forest and Agricultural Management and Certification Institute (Imaflora) and the Institute Life Center (ICV).
Edition: Vinícius Segalla