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Deforestation in Brazil’s savanna region surges to highest level since 2019

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Since taking office a year ago, President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva has halved Amazon deforestation, which reached a 15-year high under his predecessor, Jair Bolsonaro. Even though results have been uneven, the leftist leader has promised to promote development in the region that makes sustainable use of its resources. Deforestation surged in Brazil’s Cerrado, a vast tropical savanna region, by nearly 45% in 2023 compared to 2022, according to full-December data released Friday by the government’s monitoring agency.
The National Institute for Space Research reported that 7,852 square kilometers (3,000 square miles) of vegetation had been torn down in the Cerrado biome between January and December 2023, especially in the states of Maranhao, Bahia and Tocantins.


This is the highest level since 2019, when the agency recorded its first full year of deforestation in the Cerrado, home to more than 800 species of birds and nearly 200 mammals, according to the Switzerland-based non-profit World Wildlife Fund, or 30% of the nation’s total biodiversity.

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  • Esther Wanjiku

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    Da Silva has been a great climate advocate and I really hope this reaches him so that appropriate action can be taken

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    • Kevin

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      The amazon and all other rainforests need protection from the destroyers of the environment

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      • Sarah Chabane

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        Sad to hear, I wonder why when the general deforestation is largely decreasing in Brazil

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        • We Don't Have Time

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          • Rukia Ahmed Abdi

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            This news highlights a concerning surge in deforestation in Brazil's Cerrado region, reaching its highest level since 2019. Despite President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva's efforts to reduce Amazon deforestation, the Cerrado, a vast tropical savanna, has experienced a nearly 45% increase in deforestation in 2023 compared to the previous year. The reported loss of 7,852 square kilometers of vegetation in the Cerrado is alarming, particularly in states like Maranhao, Bahia, and Tocantins. This increase threatens the rich biodiversity of the region, home to over 800 species of birds and nearly 200 mammals, constituting 30% of Brazil's total biodiversity, as noted by the World Wildlife Fund.

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            • George Kariuki

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              This is disheartening and very concerning.

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              • Elizabeth Gathigia

                13 w

                This is alarming, urgency is needed to stop it

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                • Princess

                  13 w

                  Urgent measures are needed to address this alarming trend and mitigate the environmental consequences.

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                  • Rashid Kamau

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                    @princess_nel_268 That's the only course to safeguard mother nature.

                  • Joseph Githinji

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                    This means more measures and policies must be adopted to protect our environment. President Lula has shown commitment and I believe he can do this, I believe it should be one of his resolutions this year.

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                    • walter lungayi

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                      Sustainable development efforts should be put in place to protect these important ecosystems.

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