Operation “Atlantic Forest standing” was launched this Monday (19), with the aim of combating deforestation in the biome. In the state, the action targets 46 targets of degradation of native vegetation, which were identified by the Geotechnology Center (Nugeo) of the Public Ministry of Mato Grosso do Sul (MPMS).
The action, which in addition to Mato Grosso do Sul, has coverage in 17 other federative units, which have the presence of the Atlantic Forest. In 2022, the action arrives in its 5th edition.
In Mato Grosso do Sul, the operation will have the support of the Environmental Military Police (PMA), which will carry out inspections in person. The targets in the state were extracted from data prepared by the Program for the Detection of Illegal Deforestation of Native Vegetation, which performs multi-temporal analyzes to identify possibly illegal deforestation.
The inspection activities, which continue until the end of the month, aim to identify the Atlantic Forest areas that have been illegally deforested in recent years, stop the illegal activities and hold offenders accountable in the administrative, civil and criminal spheres.
Data from the most recent edition of the Atlas of Forest Remnants of the Atlantic Forest, published in May this year, shows an increase of 66% in the reduction of the biome in relation to the previous year.
There were 21,642 hectares of native forest deforested between 2020 and 2021 – the equivalent of more than 20,000 football fields. In the period from 2019 to 2020, the record was 13,053 hectares. Comparing with the mark from 2017 to 2018, when the lowest deforestation rate in the historical series was reached (11,399 hectares), this year’s increase reaches 90%.
Another data brought by the latest edition of the survey is that, in the period 2020 to 2021, only two states showed a decrease in deforestation, while five federation units accumulate 89% of all identified deforestation: Minas Gerais (9,209 ha), Bahia ( 4,968 ha), Paraná (3,299 ha), Mato Grosso do Sul (1,008 ha) and Santa Catarina (750 ha). The states of São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Sergipe and Pernambuco, which, according to historical series, were close to the end of deforestation, recorded an increase in the most recent survey.