As the world suffers from the Covid-19 pandemic, deforestation in the Amazon is already at record levels. An early situation that worries and suggests that it should intensify further after the rainy season.
The whole world is focused on the coronavirus pandemic. Meanwhile, deforestation in the Amazon jungle has accelerated this year, raising fears that last year’s record devastation will be repeated.
Deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon reached a new high in the first four months of the year. According to data published on Friday 8 May 2020 by the National Space Research Institute of Brazil (INPE), which uses satellite images to track the destruction, 1,202 square kilometers of forest disappeared from the beginning of January to the end of April 2020. This represents an increase of 55% over the same period last year (the highest since these monthly observations began in August 2015).
Environmentalists, on the other hand, believe that it would be better to support more environmental protection programmes. Under The Bolsonaro presidency, the environmental agency IBAMA has had to deal with staff and budget cuts. Last month, the government fired the agency’s top environmental enforcement official, who had recently authorized a police raid on illegal mines in front of television cameras.
A multi-caused problem
The destruction was caused by record forest fires that ravaged the Amazon from May to October 2019, in addition to illegal logging and mining, and agricultural practices on protected land.