Road Construction Could Cause 680,000 Acres of Rainforest Deforestation

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The Peruvian government has given the green light to the project of construction of new roads along its Brazil border, which will impact 680,000 acres of rainforests.

Last year, the go-ahead was given to the construction of new roads along the border with Brazil in the Ucayali and Madre de Dios regions. They would span 172 miles and connect the towns of Puerto Esperanza and Iñapari, but it would also affect around 680,000 acres of Amazon rainforest.

Thanks to an analysis done by the firm Monitoring of the Andean Amazon Project (MAAP), which is a research program of Amazon Conservation Association and Conservación Amazónica, the extent of the deforestation was noted.

Using a satellite of the University of Maryland for data compilation, it was determined that there would be substantial deforestation as a consequence of the construction of these roads.

MAAP compared the deforestation occurred with the construction of the Interoceanic Highway to see how much would take place with the new project. In the first case there was a “substantial deforestation”, meaning that around 80% of the forest was lost. This is why the conclusion of a loss of 680,000 “an area the size the country of Samoa”, according to Mongabay, was laid.

This website says that researchers have linked, for a long time, road construction to deforestation. In this case, the new roads could have a big impact on indigenous communities that live in voluntary isolation in this area, warned Peru’s Ministry of Culture.

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