Amazon rainforest monitoring

This micro-site aggregates data on deforestation in the Amazon from several sources. The most timely data comes from Brazil: specifically Brazil’s National Institute for Space Research (INPE) and Imazon, a Brazilian NGO.

Narrative context on these issues can be found at Mongabay’s Amazon rainforest section as well as Mongabay’s regular news reporting on the Amazon in English, Brazilian Portuguese, and Spanish. Recent headlines from these sites can be found at the bottom of this page.


This site is organized into sections:

Annual data

Annual deforestation in the legal Amazon since 1988, according to INPE's PRODES system. Note: 2023 data is preliminary.
Annual deforestation in the legal Amazon since 1988, according to INPE’s PRODES system. Note: 2023 data is preliminary.

Recent news on monitoring deforestation in the Amazon rainforest


  • A web of front people conceals environmental offenders in the Amazon
    on April 22, 2024 at 3:00 pm

    - A paper trail left by a notorious land grabber reveals how he used relatives and an employee as fronts to evade environmental fines and lawsuits, shedding light on this widespread practice in the Brazilian Amazon.- Fronts prevent the real criminals from having their assets seized to pay for environmental fines, besides consuming time and resources from the authorities, who spend years trying to prove who the real financier of the deforestation is.- Experts say it’s best to go after environmental offenders where it hurts the most, by seizing their assets, rather than to chase down their true identity.- This investigation is part of a partnership between Mongabay and Repórter Brasil.

  • Brazil boosts protection of Amazon mangroves with new reserves in Pará state
    on April 19, 2024 at 7:00 am

    - The state of Pará has created two new conservation areas along the Amazonian coastline, placing almost all of its mangroves under federal protection.- The two reserves mean that an additional 74,700 hectares (184,600 acres) have been included in the largest and most conserved continuous belt of mangroves on the planet.- The process to create the reserves took more than 13 years and faced several setbacks; the final outcome has been celebrated by environmentalists as a victory for local communities and biodiversity.- The new extractive reserves allow resident populations to engage in traditional and sustainable extractive practices such as fishing and hunting, while keeping out big businesses, such as commercial aquaculture or logging.

  • Deforestation alerts in the Brazilian Amazon fall to a 5-year low
    on April 18, 2024 at 10:36 pm

    - Forest clearing detected by Brazil’s deforestation alert system fell to the lowest level in nearly five years.- According to data released last week by the country’s space agency, INPE, deforestation registered over the past twelve months amounts to 4,816 square kilometers, 53% below the level this time last year.- The drop in deforestation has occurred despite a severe drought affecting much of the Amazon basin.

  • Cross-border Indigenous efforts in Peru & Brazil aim to protect isolated groups
    on April 18, 2024 at 5:21 pm

    - Indigenous organizations in Peru and Brazil are joining forces to push their respective governments to safeguard the Yavarí-Tapiche Territorial Corridor, which covers 16 million hectares (39.5 million acres) across both countries.- The cross-border initiative aims to protect the ancestral territories of Indigenous peoples in isolation and initial contact who travel freely across both borders and are threatened by those who engage in illegal activity in or near their territories.- The Indigenous organizations plan to create a commission, made up of groups from both sides of the border, to exchange knowledge and define cross-border Indigenous policies for the protection of isolated peoples, such as measures to prevent territorial invasions and collaborate on health matters.

  • Brazil’s illegal gold trade takes a hammering, but persists underground
    on April 16, 2024 at 2:29 pm

    - Measures throughout 2023 to curb the illegal gold trade in Brazil led to a 20% drop in the country’s exports of the precious metal.- In Itaituba, the hub of the Amazon illegal gold trade, taxes from gold sales fell by more than 90% in just the first quarter of this year.- Experts attribute this drop to police raids on illegal mining operations and on requirements for sellers to issue electronic invoices.- But they warn the illegal gold still persists, shifting to unofficial channels to evade the eye of regulators.



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