AMAZONIA 2009 – protected areas and indigenous territories

Compiled and edited by: the Amazonian Network for Geographical Socio-Economic Information (RAISG)

The “Amazonia 2009″ map is the first work produced by the Amazonian Network for Geographical Socio-Economic Information (RAISG), a grouping of various governmental research institutions and civil society organisations in Brazil, Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador, Venezuela, Colombia, and French Guiana.

The main purpose of this publication is to move beyond a fragmented vision of the Amazonian territory and promote the integrated national and international initiatives and processes which are helping to consolidate the protected areas and indigenous territories in Amazonia. These measures are working to deliver solutions for the conservation and sustainable development of the ecosystem.

In drawing up this map RAISG has decided to adopt the administrative boundaries of the Amazonian areas within each country, giving a total surface area of 7.8 million km². For Boliva, Peru, and Venezuela that coincides with the bio-geographical boundaries. For Ecuador and Colombia, it corresponds with municipalities and provinces included within these boundaries.

Brazil uses an administrative definition known as ‘legal Amazonia’. The data used to calculate the surface areas is given in the table on the back of the map. (The map also shows the boundaries of the Amazonian basin and of the bio-geographical region). The map may be consulted on the RAISG website:

Contact in French Guiana: Regional Environmental Agency (Direction Régionale de l’environnement)