The executive secretary of the BR-319 Observatory, Fernanda Meirelles, tells us about how the renovation plans for a stretch of almost 500 km advanced, trampling indigenous rights and ignoring incomplete environmental studies. This highway may aggravate deforestation in southern Amazonas, a region which already breaks records month after month.
Proposals allow for deforestation and construction projects in river and stream courses to irrigate crops and sustain farm animals. These changes can lead to an increase in the already historic drought plaguing the country.
Analysis by Raisg and MapBiomas shows forest loss equivalent to Chile’s entire land area. Pará deforested twice as much as all other Amazonian countries combined. Mining was the fastest-growing activity since 1985.
Studies by Brazilian scientists show that deforestation, not droughts, has been the main agent behind fires. Public policies and reinforcement of control agencies are solutions to stop the loss of native vegetation.
A survey shows that failures in the control systems make it difficult to identify the origin of wood extracted from the Amazon, which increases the chances of criminal exploitation. Improving data transparency is essential to legalize production chains.
Indigenous lawyer Luiz Eloy Terena comments on the importance of demarcating indigenous lands for the protection of the country’s natural resources. MapBiomas data shows that only 1.6% of Brazil’s deforestation occurred in Indigenous Lands over 36 years.
The appeal signed by 300 organizations around the world addresses the COP26. According to the document, hydroelectric power plants increase greenhouse gas emissions and deplete natural resources. In the Amazon, Belo Monte deforested an area larger than the city of São Paulo.