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Social Progress Index (SPI) proves that deforestation is related to low development

Imazon has launched the publication of the SPI of 772 municipalities in the Amazon. The greater the destruction of the forest, the lower the index. Indicators such as health and education are also part of the index


Deforestation, low development, poverty and poor living conditions are directly related. This was already imagined, but now Imazon has released scientific evidence with the publication of the Social Progress Index (SPI) of the 772 municipalities in the Legal Amazon. According to the study, the average of the municipalities in the region is 16% lower than the national average, and those that have the most deforestation have an even worse scenario. The SPI for the Amazon involved 45 indicators in areas such as health, sanitation, housing, security, education, communication, gender equity and environmental quality. It revealed that the 20 cities with the largest areas of forest destroyed in the last three years had an average SPI of 52.38, which is 21% lower than the index for Brazil of 63.29, and also lower than the general index for the region, of 54.59. Read more here.


Credit: Rafael Araújo/Imazon

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