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Project for improving control of illegal deforestation through advanced SAR and AI technologies in the Brazilian Amazon

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Background Situations

Deforestation in Legal Amazon

Deforestation in Legal Amazon amounted to over 13 thousand square kilometers in 2020 (Aug. 2020 - Jul. 2021, INPE 2021). According to the FAO, the averaged annual deforestation area between 2010 and 2020 is the highest in the world (FRA 2020).

Difficulties of Optical Remote sensing

Brazilian government has functions to monitor forest changes by satellite and control illegal deforestation. However, it is difficult to observe the forest situations using optical satellites due to heavy clouds in the area.

Need for preventive measures

When deforestation is observed by satellite and enforcement officers arrive at the site, the forest has already been lost. Therefore, preventive measures are required to avoid deforestation.

Improving the efficiency of enforcement activities

With only a limited number of enforcement officers in the vast Legal Amazon, there is a need to utilize a variety of information to improve the efficiency of enforcement activities.

To stop illegal deforestation in Amazon

Along with over 100 countries, the Brazilian government has also pledged to end or reduce deforestation by 2030 on The Glasgow Leaders' Declaration at COP26. To achieve the pledge, our project will contribute to the improvement of controlling illegal deforestations through the use of advanced technology.

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Project MORI

Project for improving control of illegal deforestation through advanced SAR and AI technologies in the Brazilian Amazon

Implementing Agency

Brazilian Institute of Environment and Renewable Natural Resources (IBAMA)


Jul.21 2021 - Jul.20 2026 (5 years)

Cooperative Agency

Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, and Japan International Cooperation Agency

Target Area

The Brazilian Legal Amazon (states of Acre, Amapá, Amazonas, Mato Grosso, Pará, Rondônia, Roraima, Tocantins, and part of Maranhão)

Our Project

Over-all goal

Actions for protection of Amazon forests are improved.

Project Purpose

Capacity for controlling illegal deforestation by detecting and forecasting deforestation in the Brazilian Legal Amazon area is strengthened.

Output 1

Recommendations on countermeasures and controls against illegal deforestation are shared among relevant organizations.

Output 2

Criteria for identifying priority areas to control illegal deforestation are improved using remote sensing and spatial database.

Output 3

The improved deforestation forecasting system is operated with utilization of AI.

Output 4

Efficiency of deforestation control and patrol is improved through strengthening information sharing system within IBAMA and also among IBAMA and relevant organizations about data on deforestation.

Project Progress

As of Jan. 2022

The project is progressing in line with the Project Design Matrix (PDM) of Record of Discussions (RD) signed between JICA and IBAMA. Data will be updated based on semi-annual project progress monitoring.

  • 01- Project Purpose

  • 02- Output 1

  • 03- Output 2

  • 04- Output 3

  • 05- Output 4

Our Works

Project Document

Project Document

The tentative document introducing the Project (version 0) has been published.(Portuguese and Japanese are also available.)

Project Introduction PPT

Project Introduction PPT

Project introduction powerpoint is now available.


detected deforestation


detected area (km2)


Predicted deforestation


predicted area (km2)

Latest Post

The second field study has been conducted

In February 2022, the second field survey in Altamira in the state of Pará was conducted as part of the project. Based on the previous review of forest degradation data detected by the JJ-FAST and DETER systems,

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Our Team



Brazilian Institute of Environment and Renewable Natural Resources

is the Brazilian Ministry of the Environment’s administrative arm. IBAMA supports anti-deforestation of the Amazon, and implements laws against deforestation. IBAMA works to keep the forest from loggers, farming, agricultural farm grazing and anything that would threaten the Amazon.



Japan International Cooperation Agency

is a governmental agency that delivers the bulk of Official Development Assistance (ODA) for the government of Japan. It is chartered with assisting economic and social growth in developing countries, and the promotion of international cooperation.



Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency

is the Japanese national aerospace and space agency. JAXA is responsible for research, technology development and launch of satellites into orbit, and is involved in many more advanced missions such as asteroid exploration and possible human exploration of the Moon.



National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology

focuses on the creation and practical realization of technologies useful to Japanese industry and society, and on “bridging” the gap between innovative technological seeds and commercialization.



JICA-JAXA Forest Early Warning System in the Tropics

is a web-based system using JAXA’s ALOS-2 to monitor tropical forests in 77 countries every 1.5 months and release deforestation data, even in the rainy season.

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Contact Details

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SCEN Trecho 2, Edificio Sede, L4 Norte, Brasília/DF, 70818-900, Brazil
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