Realtime Deforestation Monitoring Report (RDM 16) – September 2023

RDM 16 highlights ten cases in the Cerrado and Amazon biomes, linked to both cattle and soy supply chains. These cases compound a total of 20,165 hectares of deforestation, 431 fire alerts, and around 2.6 million tons of CO2 emissions. Several cases included are potentially non-compliant with the EU Deforestation Regulation (EUDR), which entered into force in late June 2023.

The report gathers cases of visually confirmed deforestation events occurring between June 2022 and August 2023 for which deforestation alerts were detected in August 2023. The ten cases reported are located in the Brazilian states of Mato Grosso, Piauí, Bahia, Maranhão, and Tocantins, and they have been connected, with different levels of certainty, to large soy traders, namely Amaggi, Bunge, and LDC, and large meatpackers, such as JBS and Marfrig.

The CO2 emissions reported refer to above-ground carbon emissions and they vary according to the type of vegetation cleared, the ratio of molecular weight of carbon dioxide to carbon, and the amount of vegetation hectares cleared (check the “methods & sources” section of the report for more detailed information).

The EUDR prohibits commodities and products that have been produced in plots of land subjected to deforestation or forest degradation after 31 December 2020 from being placed in the EU market. Operators and traders that fail to comply with this requirement may face penalties once the core provisions of the law become applicable.

RDM reports are developed to support a wide range of actors – commodity producers and traders, financial sector stakeholders, and civil society – in taking evidence-based action towards real-time deforestation events. AidEnvironment publishes RDM reports on a monthly with support from EU LIFE Program and the European Climate Foundation.

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Joana Faggin
Program Manager Deforestation-free supply chains
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GIS coordinator Deforestation-free supply chains