Between 1991 and 2020, the surface area of rivers, lakes and other freshwater bodies decreased on average by 15.7% in Brazil. The figure, revealed this Sunday by MapBiomas, indicates a worrying trend: the dam created to increase access to water resources have not compensated for the losses.
In the last three decades, the coverage of 19.7 million hectares of these bodies has been reduced to 16.6 million. Losses occurred in all regions, but together they account for one and a half times the entire freshwater area of the northeast of the country.
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