Deforestation & Changes in Vegetation &  Land Use Cover within the so-called Orinoco Mining Arc between 2000-2020

In this report we present the first systematic study on changes in vegetation and land use cover within the so-called Orinoco Mining Arc (MA), and our comments on the findings.

From the year 2000, until the end of 2020, the forest area in the Arco Minero shrunk by 7.6%, equivalent to 520,900 ha. Between 2015 and 2020, the decrease was 230,121 ha, which is the greatest loss of forest among the five-year periods studied.

This loss of forest would be equivalent to the emission of approximately 162 million tons of CO2

Read the full report in Spanish published by SOSOrinoco on August 25, 2021:“Deforestación y cambios en la cobertura vegetal y de usos de la tierra dentro del denominado Arco Minero del Orinoco entre 2000-2020”

Our position on
the Orinoco Mining Arc

Arco Minero del Orinoco

The purpose of SOSOrinoco is to shed light on the existing body of work regarding the situation in the Amazonia and Orinoquia regions of Venezuela, to raise awareness of the tragedy that is occurring and to outline some urgent measures that need to be taken in order to halt the unfolding human and environmental disaster.