New forest map shows 6% of Amazon deforested between 2000 and 2010
mongabay.com September 21, 2012 RAISG's map of the Amazon. An update to one of the most comprehensive maps of the Amazon basin shows that forest cover across the world's largest rainforest declined by about six percent between 2000 and 2010. But the map also reveals hopeful signs that recognition of protected areas and native lands across the eight countries and one department that make up the Amazon is improving, with conservation and indigenous territories now covering nearly half of its land mass. The map was produced by RAISG, a joint effort between 11 member country organizations: the Amazon Conservation Team Suriname, DEAL-French Guiana (Guyane Française), EcoCiencia (Ecuador), Friends of Nature Foundation (Bolivia), Gaia Amazonas Foundation (Colombia), IBC (Peru), ICV – Centre of Life Institute (Brazil), Imazon (Brazil), ISA – Instituto Socioambiental (Brazil), IVIC...