“There is no doubt that the satellite images are delaying the demise of the Amazon,” the researcher said.
Despite the recent devastation of the Amazon rainforest by right-wing President Javier Bolsononaro, a new study shows that occupied lands in Brazil have served as a barrier to deforestation for the past three decades.
MapBiomas is a joint venture between various environmental groups, universities and start-ups.
It is estimated that 70 percent of the land lost is on private land.
“There is no doubt that the satellite images are delaying the demise of the Amazon,” said Taso Azevedo, project coordinator.
“Without indigenous protection, the forest will actually be very close to the ‘peak’ where ecological services will depend on agriculture, industry and cities.
The findings are the latest in a series of recent studies showing that conservation of indigenous land is one of the best ways to tackle climate change.
Indigenous lands cover 13.9 percent of Brazil’s territory, covering 109.7 million hectares (271.1 million acres) of native vegetation – one-fourth of the country’s total.
But they are under increasing pressure under the elected Bolsheviks by not allowing “one centimeter more” indigenous areas to be created.
Bolsonaro Deforestation has intensified since it came to power in 2019 and has weakened the environment and hampered economic growth in the Amazon region.
This month, representatives of 100 ethnic groups in the capital, Brasilia, denounced laws that would allow more protection on their land and allow the government to make more use of rainforests.
The protests came as Brazil recorded a new history against Amazon in the first three months of 2022, according to government sources.
From January to March, deforestation in Amazon, Brazil, increased from 64 percent a year ago to 94,100 hectares (232,526 acres).
The problem is mainly in Brazil, which has a large agricultural base and exports the world’s largest beef and soybeans. The country hosts 60 percent of the Amazon rainforest.
Raoni Rajao, a professor of environmental management at the Federal University of Minas Gerais, told Al Jazeera that the situation was “extremely tense” when INPE was released.
“The fact is that we are already at a high level and in fact [seeing] The expected numbers in the middle of the year – when it is dry and when it is easy to reach the forest and do some damage – are really worrying, Rajao said.