Amazon deforestation down by a third in 2023
July 7, 2023 - Deforestation in Brazil’s Amazon fell 34% in the first six months of President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva’s term compared with the same period in 2022 under President Jair Bolsonaro, the government says.
Data produced by Brazil’s national space research agency (Inpe) indicated that the rainforest shrank by 2,649 sq km this January-June, down from 3,988 sq km in those six months last year under President Bolsonaro.
Lula, 77, took office in January promising to end deforestation by 2030, after surging destruction under his predecessor, Jair Bolsonaro, who had slashed environmental protection efforts.
The Amazon is the largest rainforest in the world, and 60% of it is in Brazil.