Where Deforestation and Disease Collide: Sustainability and COVID-19 in the Brazilian Amazon
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Join the Brazil Institute on May 14 at 3pm ET for an update on the situation in Manaus, followed by a conversation on the impact of COVID-19 on deforestation and sustainability in the Brazilian Amazon, and the implications this could have for us all.
As the coronavirus spreads across the Amazon basin, with devastating impact on Manaus in particular, reports indicate that deforestation is also spiking. Last year, Brazil’s National Institute of Space Research recorded the highest deforestation rate since 2008. Observers worry that this year could be even worse for the Brazilian Amazon as COVID-19 hampers enforcement and heightens economic hardship, driving deforestation and threatening region’s indigenous communities. Already, satellite data indicates that deforestation from January to March was 51 percent higher than for the same period in 2019. Brazil is deploying troops to the Amazon to fight deforestation and forest fires as the region heads into the dry season. Yet an expanded military presence is a short-term deterrent to a complicated, long-term challenge: promoting sustainable development in the Amazon.