Geojournalism in Amazonia
InfoAmazonia is an independent media outlet that uses maps, data, and geolocalized reports to tell stories about the endangered Amazon region. A network of organizations and journalists deliver updates from the nine countries of the forest. The data used is renewed frequently and will always be freely available for download. The comparison between stories and data aims to improve public’s perception of issues in the Amazon region.
The Amazon region is one of the most biodiverse areas in the world, keeping in check climate change by absorbing CO2. Yet in the light of its importance, the region has faced acute environmental challenges.
Facts about the Amazon
- The Amazon represents over half of the remaining rain forests of the world, covering 5,500,000 square kilometers.
- Between 1991 and 2000, the total area of forest lost in the Amazon rose from 415,000 to 587,000 square kilometers.
- 91 % of land deforested since 1970 is used for livestock pasture.
- The Amazon is the most species rich rainforest in the world with millions of insect species, tens of thousands of plants species, thousands of species of fish, birds and mammals.
Source: Raisg – Amazon Under Pressure
Reporter in partnership with El Espectador
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Renata Baraçal Perez