Paraguay accounted for the largest share of deforestation in The Gran Chaco Region

According to Guyra Paraguay, The Gran Chaco Region of South America suffered a deforestation of 53,283 hectares during December 2014.

32 Paraguay registra el mayor porcentaje de deforestación en el Gran Chaco AmericanoThe rate of deforestation of the Gran Chaco Region during December 2014, at 53,283 hectares, was considerably higher than the figure of 48,746 hectares in November. This represented a deforestation rate of 1,719 hectares per day, compared with 1,625 hectares per day in November.

Paraguay accounted for the largest share of the 53,283 hectares of woodlands that was converted to agricultural and other uses in December 2014, with 71% of the total deforested area, followed by Argentina with 17% and Bolivia with 12%.

In the specific case of Paraguay, the rate of deforestation was 1,215 hectares per day, compared with 299 hectares per day for Argentina, and 204 hectares per day for Bolivia.

The three locations in the Gran Chaco that experienced the greatest changes of land use were as follows: in Paraguay, the district of Mariscal Estigarribia in the Department of Boquerón (16,983 hectares); in Argentina, Patiño in the Province of Formosa (1,838 hectares); and in Bolivia, Charagua in the Department of Santa Cruz (2,403 hectares). The geographical distribution of the deforestation of the Gran Chaco is available, disaggregated by municipality.

Through the Modis satellite imaging that monitors waters in the basins and alluvial flood plains, it was possible to discern a notable decrease in the area under water in general terms in December in the combined water systems of the Gran Chaco, which covered a total of 3,016,136 hectares, less than half the 6,503,231 hectares under water in November 2014.

It is important to note that because these images are made to a spatial resolution of 250 metres, there may well be smaller bodies of water that have gone unregistered.

From 1st to 31st December a total of 10,110 heat focuses were identified in the four countries of the Gran Chaco region (Argentina, Brazil, Bolivia and Paraguay), representing a slight decrease from the 11,757 heat focuses detected during November 2014. Some 62% of the total heat focuses were detected in Paraguay and 23% in Argentina.

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