The Amazonian Network of Socio-Environmental Georeferenced Information (RAISG), a grantee of the foundation's Andes-Amazon Initiative, has launched a new "Historical Map of Protected Natural Areas and Indigenous Territories in the Amazon." The map's dynamic analysis reveals the historical processes that led to the formal designation of protected areas and indigenous territories in the region, beginning with the first parks created at the turn of the 20th century. This history is important in understanding the full context of environmental conservation and challenges in the Amazon.
Currently, more than 45 percent of the vast Amazonian biome is deemed "protected." RAISG's website presents thematic maps of the Amazon updated through 2014, spatial statistics and national case studies for Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Venezuela. And, for the first time, cartographic information layers (or shapefiles) are available to the public for download.
"The new dynamic map, services, and tools offered by RAISG are consistent with our 10th anniversary and the high level of collaboration among its member organizations. It ensures regular generation of innovative analyses using state-of-the-art technology and tools, as is increasingly important in the world of conservation today," explained Beto Ricardo of the Instituto Socioambiental (ISA), general coordinator of this Amazon network.
Visit RAISG’s newly designed website to see the maps and other resources in full.