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Amazon Rainforest slows deforestation

Words by Tess Becker

The Amazon Rainforest is the largest rainforest in the entire world and is one of the most biodiverse places on the planet. It’s home to over 3 million species and over 2,500 tree species (or one-third of all tropical trees that exist on earth). 

It might be big, but it’s been shrinking in recent years with as much as 14% lost due to deforestation. That’s something that the new Brazilian President, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, wanted to put a stop to.

So what did he do?

The first monthly figure of Lula’s Presidency shows a decline in deforestation compared to last year. 64 square miles were cleared in the region last month, down 61 percent from January 2022, the worst month in the eight-year period.

Deforestation in January was also lower than the 75.7 square mile historical average for the month since 2016.

Under Lula, Brazilian environmental agents have started their first anti-logging operations with the express goal of putting a stop to rampant damage. This follows the previous government under Bolsonaro which had gutted much of its environmental protection staff.

“It is positive to see such a relevant drop in January,” said WWF-Brasil conservation specialist Daniel Silva. “However, it is still too early to talk about a trend reversal, as part of this drop may be related to greater cloud cover.”

Find out more about WWF Brasil and the work they're doing to reduce deforestation.

This article aligns with the UN SDG Life on Land.

This article aligns with the following UN SDGs

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