Graphic Facts about Mata Atlantica’s deforestation

If anyone can help me find written data behind this MSNBC news report, and these dates, I’d be most grateful. Since I was born in 1951, this illustrates perfectly the amount of forest lost during my lifetime. I’d be interested to know what that is in acres/hectares.

3 Comments on “Graphic Facts about Mata Atlantica’s deforestation

  1. Hello Alana, The figures I have are from SOS Mata Atlântica, Brazilian NGO started in 1986, saying that a little more than 7% remain of the Atlantic Rainforest, which includes more than 100,000 hectares which were cut down and/or burned between 2005 and 2008. Original area of the Mata Atlântica is estimated to have been 1,300,000 km2, now approximately 91,000 km2.

    Find out more at:

    If you are interested in some excellent maps made by INPE ( of the present state of the Mata Atlântica visit:

    For information on what we are doing visit:

    and our virtual cafe community at:

    I would like to know how we can collaborate.

    Best wishes!

    Christer Söderberg

    • Hello Christer – just found your comment, it was caught in a spam folder, sorry to take so long to respond.

      The numbers I’m seeking were how much forest was destroyed between 1951 and 2010 – to give a numerical description of what we see in the images – and my lifetime. Only relevant for purposes of storytelling…

      I will explore the collaboration potential as I discover your sites, thank you for asking. Tomorrow you’ll see a new post on our Spring 2010 initiative, as Ian has just returned from a planning trip there. Just waiting to get his photos before making the post.

      To be continued – glad to see you here!

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