A tale of two biomes as deforestation surges in Cerrado but wanes in Amazon

Experts call for the expansion of conservation initiatives to prioritize the Cerrado and the Amazon equally. Kyle Saukas, deputy director of communications for the consultancy Climate Advisers, a part of the Chain Reaction Research consortium, told Mongabay: “The Cerrado must be treated with the same urgency as the Amazon for the benefit of both the people who depend on its local ecosystem services and people worldwide for its positive carbon storage [and] biodiversity benefits.”


Protecting the Amazon has garnered significant international attention, and for good reason, given its pivotal role in regulating the global climate and harboring immense biodiversity. However, with the world focused on the rainforest’s preservation, a neighboring biome faces an alarming surge in destruction: the Cerrado.

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