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Amazon rainforest in Brazil – statistics & facts

The Amazon is the world's largest rainforest. Its name stems from the homonymous river that irrigates its whole territory. The Amazon river itself was named after Greek mythology, inspired by the native female warriors that wandered its banks. Commonly referred to as the lungs of our planet, this rainforest harbors the most diverse ecosystem in the world. Occupying almost 40 percent of South America and encompassing the territory of nine countries, the magnitude of such natural haven extends over 1.4 billion acres of land. Around 60 percent of the Amazon rainforest is located in Brazil. The Legal Amazon area, a political region created in 1953 to protect its natural resources as well as promote economic development, comprises the territory of nine Brazilian states.

A vanishing rainforest

Since the beginning of the 21st century, Brazil’s total forest area has been shrinking, including the Amazon. Hundreds of kilometers are deforested every month in the Brazilian Amazon. Between August 2019 and July 2020, over 6,500 square kilometers of rainforest were destroyed. The largest share of the deforested area occurs in the country's North and Central-West regions, in the states of Pará, Mato Grosso and Amazonas.

Agriculture and farming are among the main hazards for the survival of the rainforest, although wildfires are also one of the reasons for the damage suffered by its ecosystem in recent years. In 2019, almost 200 thousand wildfires were detected in Brazil. The Amazon biome accounted for the majority of the outbreaks, representing nearly half the wildfires identified in all the national territory.

Who is to blame for the Amazon's destruction?

According to opinion polls, Brazilians deem logging companies, farmers, and the country’s federal government responsible for the Amazon’s deforestation. Public opinion in Brazil is generally favorable of increasing control measures to prevent illegal deforestation. However, older generations tend to perceive the forest's demise as less worrisome than Millennials or Generation Z respondents. So is the case with Brazil’s male population, who agree to a lesser degree with the importance of the topic, when compared to women.

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Amazon rainforest in Brazil – statistics & facts

The Amazon is the world's largest rainforest. Its name stems from the homonymous river that irrigates its whole territory. The Amazon river itself was named after Greek mythology, inspired by the native female warriors that wandered its banks. Commonly referred to as the lungs of our planet, this rainforest harbors the most diverse ecosystem in the world. Occupying almost 40 percent of South America and encompassing the territory of nine countries, the magnitude of such natural haven extends over 1.4 billion acres of land. Around 60 percent of the Amazon rainforest is located in Brazil. The Legal Amazon area, a political region created in 1953 to protect its natural resources as well as promote economic development, comprises the territory of nine Brazilian states.

A vanishing rainforest

Since the beginning of the 21st century, Brazil’s total forest area has been shrinking, including the Amazon. Hundreds of kilometers are deforested every month in the Brazilian Amazon. Between August 2019 and July 2020, over 6,500 square kilometers of rainforest were destroyed. The largest share of the deforested area occurs in the country's North and Central-West regions, in the states of Pará, Mato Grosso and Amazonas.

Agriculture and farming are among the main hazards for the survival of the rainforest, although wildfires are also one of the reasons for the damage suffered by its ecosystem in recent years. In 2019, almost 200 thousand wildfires were detected in Brazil. The Amazon biome accounted for the majority of the outbreaks, representing nearly half the wildfires identified in all the national territory.

Who is to blame for the Amazon's destruction?

According to opinion polls, Brazilians deem logging companies, farmers, and the country’s federal government responsible for the Amazon’s deforestation. Public opinion in Brazil is generally favorable of increasing control measures to prevent illegal deforestation. However, older generations tend to perceive the forest's demise as less worrisome than Millennials or Generation Z respondents. So is the case with Brazil’s male population, who agree to a lesser degree with the importance of the topic, when compared to women.

Interesting statistics

In the following 4 chapters, you will quickly find the {amountStatistics} most important statistics relating to "Amazon rainforest in Brazil".

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