6,238 sq km (2,400 sq miles) of rainforest in Brazil was destroyed and lost between August 2010 and July 2011. The area of deforestation was 11 percent lower than the previous year. Government officials claimed that the drop in deforestation was due to tougher enforcement and prevention of illegal logging.
The rate of deforestation was during the 2003 -2004 time period, where 27,700 sq km (10,700 sq miles) was cut down.
Most of the illegal logging activities in Brazil is for cattle farming, timber, and crop farming.
Source: “Brazil Amazon deforestation ‘at lowest level in years’,” BBC News, December 6, 2011.