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During Covid-19, deforestation rises and the Amazon is left exposed

A reduction in oversight measures due to the coronavirus pandemic has given an opportunity to illegal loggers, land grabbers, miners, and poachers

During Covid-19, deforestation rises and the Amazon is left exposed
Deforested area in the Amazon rainforest. Photo: Ibama

In mid-2019, the Amazon rainforest made the front page of newspapers all over the world amid a huge uptick in deliberate fires to clear forest areas for pasture, farming, and mining activities. Now, with Brazil’s eyes fixed firmly on the health and economic impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic, deforestation in the region is building once more, with official data showing alerts for forest clearing increasing 29.9 percent in March.

Though social isolation measures and a slowing economy were suspected to reduce deforestation in Brazil’s North, remote parts of the region have not adhered to containment policies and there is...

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