Deforestation since 1985 equals 3.6 times SP area

Aerial photo of the Amazon taken on September 22, 2017

Aerial photo of the Amazon taken on September 22, 2017

In just over 30 years, Brazil has lost 89 million hectares of native land - the equivalent of 3.6 times the area of the state of São Paulo [almost the entire territory of Portugal, which has 92,000 hectares].

This is shown in new data collected by MapBiomas, an initiative of universities, technology companies and non-governmental organizations that are mapping changes in land cover and in land usage throughout the country.

The survey, released by the group on Thursday, 29, shows that between 1985 and 2018, Brazil lost 82 million hectares (Mha) of forest vegetation and another 7 Mha of other types of native vegetation, but not forests, such as Cerrado, Campos and Pantanal. Farming, in turn, grew in the same period almost as much as the country suffered from deforestation: 86 Mha.

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