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Rapid Response Report May 2020: Timber–Cattle–Crop Cycle in Amazon

Rapid Response Report 12 (May 2020) highlights 10 cases of clearance of native vegetation between 26 February and 23 March 2020, covering a total area of 6,732 ha.  Four of these cases are in the Amazon and six in the Cerrado biome spread over nine municipalities across six states.

All cases have confirmed links to either soy, beef, or timber supply chains. The case highlighted in the figure below involves 852 ha of deforestation within the Amazon biome in Fazenda Araguaia (Colniza, Mato Grosso). This farm has an authorization for timber production and supplies MGM Agroflorestal, a timber exporter to China, Italy, Belgium, and France. The property also has an active registration for cattle production, with Colniza known to be a supplying municipality for three of the largest beef exporters: JBS, Marfrig, and Minerva. This case shows the typical deforestation cycle of “timber–cattle–crops” in the Amazon. In a few years we can expect to see an extension of the soy frontier on this land once the timber/cattle part of the cycle has been completed and crops are planted.

The complete report is available here.

For more information, please contact Joana Faggin

Before and after a clearing of 852 ha of native vegetation within a farm in Colniza, Mato Grosso (Source: European Union – Copernicus Sentinel, processed with EO Browser and SIGEF – Incra)

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