Protected vegetation inside Brazilian farms reaches 21% of the national territory

The protected vegetation inside the Brazilian rural properties in the form of Permanent Conservation Area (APPs) and/or Legal Reservation (RL) is equivalent to 21% of the Country, approximately 177 million hectares. This was highlighted by researcher Evaristo de Miranda, general head of Embrapa Monitoramento por Satélite (‘Satellite Monitoring’), in a talk held last Monday (04) night, in São Paulo (SP), during the 2017 personality award ceremonies by the Associação Brasileira de Criadores (ABC) (‘Brazilian Raisers Association’).

“This extension is bigger than any country from the European Union or Latin America, except for Argentina”, he said. According to Evaristo, the protected national territory in parks and conservation units [Indian lands, Quilombolas communities, forests] comprises 13% of the Country. “That is, the producers offer a greater protection”, he pointed out, adding that the area cultivated with grains takes 6% of the territory only.

The researcher pointed out that, altogether, the Country’s protected vegetation reaches 66 per cent of the territory, which corresponds to approximately 257 mi/ha. “We protect three times more than any other country with a similar territorial extension such as, for example, China, India, USA, Canada, Argentina, and Australia among others. This is why, in connection with the environmental issue, it is something we cannot be left behind”.