Amazon rainforest at the crossroads

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The Pan-Amazonian region protects the world’s largest rainforest, accounting for 40 percent of the entire South American continent. It is home to indigenous peoples, which take up 28 percent of the land, and mega biodiversity in protected areas which represent 23 percent of the region. Now, more than ever, this great cultural and natural wealth faces many challenges.

The Amazonian Georeferenced Socio-Environmental Information Network (RAISG)—a technical group made up of organizations from six countries in the region—has published its latest collection of maps on the pressures and threats faced by the Amazonian region.