In the municipality of Altamira, Pará, almost 6,500 hectares of public forests were cut down in 2020. One of the people responsible deforested 60% of this area and did not stop even after being fined by Ibama.
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.
Lawyer Luiz Eloy Terena, a Representative of the Coalition of Indigenous Peoples of Brazil (Apib) at the Brazilian Supreme Court hearing in question, 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.
Social and environmental crises come together in Mato Grosso in a year of record burning in the Pantanal
In the rural area, the challenge for residents affected by the smoke is to get medical care
The smoke from the fires and Covid sweeps from southern Amazonas to Acre