Collection 1 Release


MapBiomas launches collection of annual maps of the entire Atlantic Forest, covering Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay.

Platform shows the evolution of land use and coverage in the 1,422,742 km² occupied by the biome - 37% of them covered by native vegetation.

April 15, 2021 - Researchers from Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay produced the most complete series of annual land cover and use maps ever prepared for the Atlantic Forest. They concluded that the biome had a net loss of native vegetation of 5% in 20 years. Between 2000 and 2019, this area decreased from 554,632 km² to 527,492 km².

Native vegetation now covers 37% of the Biome's area and has a high rate of secondary vegetation and many fragmented areas, highlighting the urgency and importance of conservation and restoration of the biome.

The country that had the greatest proportional loss of native vegetation was Paraguay, with 10,090 km² (19.2% of the existing area in 2000), mainly due to the expansion of agricultural and pasture areas.

In Argentina, the total loss of native vegetation was approximately 2,106 km² (11% of the area in 2000), falling from 19,213 km² in 2000 to 17,107 km², mainly due to the growth of the area of ​​forest plantations.

In Brazil, there was a loss of native vegetation of 14,943 km², from 482,772 km² to 467,829 km². It was the smallest percentage drop in relation to the total area in 2000: 3.1%.

Of the total loss of native vegetation, 67% correspond to loss of forest cover and 33% of non-forest native vegetation.

In relation to agricultural activities, agriculture grew 67%, from 155,437.86 km² to 260,101.2 km². And the pasture area fell 23%, from 471,871.64 km² to 362,827.31 km², which indicates an intensification of land use and conversion of pasture areas for agriculture. Another activity that grew a lot was forestry, which more than doubled in area in the last two decades, going from 20,928.24 km² to 48,230.09 km² between 2000 and 2019.

With a resolution of 30 by 30 meters and 12 classes in the legend, Collection 1 of MapBiomas Mata Atlântica (2000-2019) covers the 1,422,742 km², of the biome that occupies 8% of South America. The platform can be accessed in


  • the Atlantic Forest occupies 8% (1,422,742 km²) of South America;
  • 92% of the Atlantic Forest is in Brazil (1,309,579.72 km²), 6% in Paraguay (86,071.62 km²), and 2% in Argentina (27,090.57 km²);
  • net loss of natural vegetation between 2000 and 2019: 27,139.2 km²;
  • the agricultural area remained stable, with a fall of 0.9% (from 800,399.35 km² to 793,212.96 km²);
  • silviculture area (included as planted forest, in the forest class) more than doubled: from 20,945.05 km² to 48,287.53 km² (130.5% increase);
  • the agricultural area grew 67%, from 155,437.86 to 260,101.2 km².

MapBiomas Atlantic Forest

MapBiomas Atlantic Forest is an initiative that involves a collaborative network of specialists from Argentina (CONICET Institute of Subtropical Biology, Facultad de Agronomía de la UBA, Facultad de Ciencias Forestales, UNAM, Estación Experimental INTA Corrientes and NGO Fundación Vida Silvestre Argentina), Brazil (ArcPlan and SOS Mata Atlântica) and Paraguay (NGO WWF Paraguay). The project uses Landsat satellite images (30 x 30 meters of resolution) and cloud computing through the Google Earth Engine (GEE) platform to produce high-tech, low-cost annual land cover and use maps. The initiative is part of the MapBiomas Network, started in 2015 with MapBiomas Brasil (



Liuca Yonaha
+55 (11) 94186-4029

SOS Atlantic Forest
Afra Balazina
+55 (11) 99956-7337


Fundación Vida Silvestre Argentina
+54 9 3757 56-3235


WWF - Paraguay
Gisell Jimenez
+595 21 213 146