Imazon just released a great new report with hundreds of statistics about the logging industry in the Amazon.
The report covers the furniture industry, the carbon markets, sustainable logging and a host of related topics. It is available for download here.
Here are a few interesting facts in the report:
– There are nine Brazilian states in the Amazon. The most deforested in Maranhao, with 42 percent gone; the most pristine is Amapá, which has lost just 1.4 percent of its tree cover.
– The population of the Amazon went from 8.2 million in 1970 to 17 million in 1991 to 24 million today.
– Almost half (44 percent) of the Amazon is protected, at least nominally, as either indigenous reserves or conservation units.
– Logging brought in an estimated $2.5 billion in 2009.
– The logging industry provides direct or indirect jobs to 200,000 people. That’s down from 350,000 in 1998.
– Between 2008 and 2010, Para planted 254 million trees. Most of them were eucalyptus.