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1 December 2004 A Map of the Brazilian Amazon

The Instituto Socioambiental (ISA), São Paulo, has published a new map of the Brazilian Amazon (Amazônia Legal) covering 500.6 million ha in the states of Amazonas, Pará, Acre, Roraima, Rondônia, Mato Grosso, Tocantins, Amapá, and part of Maranhão. “Amazônia Brasileira 2004”, at a scale of 1:4,000,000, is 100 x 70 cm, and maps vegetation types, deforestation and human impacts in the region. There is also a list of the 236 protected areas and 400 Indigenous lands, parks and reserves of the region, part of a database maintained by the Instituto Socioambiental which indicates a total of 60.5 million ha of the Brazilian Amazon in protected areas, corresponding to 12% of the region (excluding c.14 million ha overlapping with Indigenous lands). Indigenous lands cover 104.3 million ha, or about 20% of the region. The list includes the name, category, area and the legal act which created each park and reserve, and the juridical/administrative status of, and names of the tribes in, each of the Indigenous lands. The data come from the Protected Areas Monitoring Programme (Programa de Monitoramento de Áreas Protegidas) of the Instituto Socioambiental, and have been plotted on maps drawn up by the Brazilian Institute for Geography and Statistics (Instituto Brasileiro de Geografia e Estatística – IBGE), Rio de Janeiro. The database of the “Global Land Cover 2000” of the Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the European Commission was used to identify areas which have been deforested and impacted. The map is available at the Socio-ambiental website, <>, for R$15.00 + postage.

"A Map of the Brazilian Amazon," Edentata 2004(6), 66, (1 December 2004).
Published: 1 December 2004

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