MAAP’s 200th Report!

December 6, 2023


Our first MAAP report published in March 2015 looked at the escalating gold mining deforestation in the Peruvian Amazon.

Now, over the past 8.5 years, MAAP has continued to examine the most urgent deforestation-related issues across the Amazon, providing vital information to raise awareness and inspire solutions to protect one of the planet’s most vital ecosystems.

MAAP #200 reviews the current major deforestation fronts across the Amazon. Common drivers across countries include roads, agriculture (both small and large-scale), cattle, and gold mining.

From the data collected, the Amazon is nearing two critical deforestation-induced tipping points: the widely feared conversion of moist rainforests to drier savannahs (due to decreased moisture recycling across the Amazon), and the conversion of the Amazon as a critical carbon sink buffering global climate change to a carbon source fueling it.

There is still hope in the possibility of protecting the Amazon long term, as nearly half of the core Amazon is now designated as protected areas and indigenous territories, both of which have much lower deforestation rates than surrounding areas. Additionally, newly available data reveals the Amazon is still home to abundant carbon reserves in these core areas.

Read the full report here.

We deeply thank the following funders for supporting MAAP over the past 10 years:

  • International Conservation Fund of Canada (ICFC)
  • Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD)
  • United States Agency for International Development (USAID)
  • MacArthur Foundation
  • Andes Amazon Fund (AAF)
  • Wyss Foundation
  • Erol Foundation
  • Global Forest Watch/World Resources Institute
  • Overbrook Foundation
  • Global Conservation