Fernando Salazar is a biologist from Colombia who has been working with maps most of his life. He is working for RAISG (Amazon Information Network for Socio-ambiental Georeferencing) which is a part of an organisation called Gaia Amazonas. Some of the indigenous communities in the Amazon area are already autonomous while others are still struggling for that. In the process of applying and establishing resolutions and various decrees, maps are a big help for establishing legitimate relationship with the officials and actually support written documents with professional maps. Fernando comes from Colombia but the mapping takes place in the whole Amazon region, as they define it:
“There are several ways to define the limits of the Amazon (*). For this map the Amazon is the sum of the political limits of the Amazonian regions of each country. In Bolivia, Peru and Venezuela they match the biogeographical boundary, in Ecuador and Colombia, they relate to the municipalities or counties that comprise the biogeographical boundary, and in Brazil it is an administrative definition called “Legal Amazon.”"
(*) Visit online map HERE
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