Deforestation in the Amazon Rainforest
Deforestation Figures for Brazil


Year
Deforestation
[sq mi]
Deforestation
[sq km]
1978-1988*815821,130
19905,33213,810
19914,29711,130
19925,32213,786
19935,95015,410
19945,75114,896
199511,21929,059
19967,01318,160
19975,03413,040
19986,50116,840
19996,66317,259
20007,65819,836
20017,02718,130
20029,84525,500
20039,34324,130

All figures derived from official National
Institute of Space Research (INPA) figures


*For the 1978-1988 period the figures represent
the average annual rates of deforestation.


Brazil: New Infrastructure Projects Cause Deforestation in the Amazon Rainforest

According to a report in Science (21 May 2004), infrastructure development projects are a significant contributor to increasing deforestation in Brazilian rainforest. Since 2000, when the Brazilian government announced a development plan known as 'Avanša Brasil', more than 33,000 square miles (87,000 sq km) of forests have been lost. Avanša Brasil called for a dramatic expansion of new highways, railroads, power lines, pipelines, hydroelectric reservoirs, and river-channelization projects across the Amazon Basin.

These new infrastructure projects open previously inaccessible rainforest lands to development for cattle ranching, subsistence agriculture, and industrial soybean farming. To learn more on deforestation in Brazil, check out:

The Trans-Amazonian Highway

Deforestation in the Amazon 2004

Saving the Amazon Rainforest

Soybeans in the Amazon





Copyright Rhett Butler 2003