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Deforestation of Amazon
The accumulated area of deforestation has reached now around 680,000 km2, approximately 17% of the Brazilian Amazonia forest.
The Brazilian Amazonia has an extension of approximately 5 million km2, constituting 59% of Brazilian territory. Amazon covers the following States of Brazil: Amazonas, Pará, Mato Grosso, Acre, Rondônia, Roraima, Amapá, Tocantins and Maranhão.
For the second year, Mato Grosso was the State where most deforestation was observed; the state was responsible for almost 50% of the devastated area in 2004.
Of the eight states included in this survey, only two had increase in the deforested areas: Rondonia and Mato Grosso. These two States, combined with Pará, respond for 90% of the deforested area in the last year.
The table below shows a break down by States of the deforestation.
The table below shows the same data, in percentage figures.
CONAMA (National Environmental Council), one of the agencies in charge of protecting Brazilian environment, summoned Blairo Maggi, governor of Mato Grosso, to explain the reasons of the increase in forest damaging.
Maggi is being charge by environmentalist groups of being too lenient with the Amazon exploiters. Since before being elected Governor, Maggi and family were the largest producers of soybean in Brazil and the world; the Maggi Group is one of the biggest companies in Brazil.
The Ministry released also the map below, showing the areas where deforestation was worse; in all the yellow areas, there was a damage of over 300 km2 of forests.
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