In response to the data released today by the National Institute for Space Research (INPE) showing a total of 9762 km2 (compared to 7536 km2) of deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon between August 2018 and July 2019 - a 30% increase over the previous year- World Wildlife Fund (WWF) issued the following statement from Kerry Cesareo, Senior Vice President, Forests:
“Today’s news is a stark reminder that deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon has become out of control. Decreased enforcement and attacks on protected areas have led to the highest rate of destruction since 2008.
“The impacts of this devastation are far reaching. Deforestation at these levels is crushing the rich biodiversity of the region putting wildlife and plants at risk of extinction and jeopardizing communities and businesses that rely on the water and other natural resources from the forest.
“The Amazon is approaching a tipping point in which it could transform into something more like a grassland savannah causing serious consequences for the planet. Deforestation is simply unacceptable, but the damage can be undone if Brazil’s government steps up and ends illegal clearing in the region.”