After the fires recorded on millions of hectares in 2019 and 2020 and the loss of important animal and plant species, there are new disasters today that even exceed the numbers of recent years, such as the burning of the country’s forests.
According to the report by the Naturfreunde Foundation (FAN), the burned areas in the forest add up to more than 24 thousand hectares in 2021 and are concentrated in the largest affected areas in June and July.
“Compared to previous years, the total forest area in 2021 showed an increase of 72% compared to 2020 and an increase of 32% compared to 2019,” explains this report.
Likewise, the burned areas on non-forested areas (pastures, bushes and grasslands) total 662 thousand hectares. Compared to previous years, they show an increase of 61% and 47% for 2020 and 2019, respectively.
With regard to burns on farms, the FAN states that a total of 62,000 hectares were recorded in 2021, an increase of 77% and 70% compared to 2020 and 2019, respectively.
The warning at this time of year is increasing, since January and July 2021 a total of 749,000 hectares have been burned in Bolivia.
Because of this, organizations, groups and indigenous peoples are warning that if immediate action is not taken against these fires, there is a risk that the events of 2019 and 2020 will recur with burns that have even caused the deaths of people and millions of plants and animals. .
“Could it be that we’re seeing the effects of the ABT’s decision to extend the ‘controlled burn’ permits until July 31st?