Map of the Day: Neotropical Biodiversity Protected Areas

…from the ESRI Map Book, Volume 24


“This map of neotropical protected areas, including indigenous areas, was prepared for the Latin American Congress of National Parks and Other Protected Areas, held in Bariloche, Argentina, September 30 to October 6, 2007.

“Data for the protected and indigenous areas came largely from the United Nations Environment Programme—World Conservation Monitoring Centre’s World Database of Protected Areas, with significant additions from sources in Conservation International. Elevation data is from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s Shuttle Radar Topography Mission. Drainage and political boundaries are from ESRI.

“Information on the map is presented in Spanish, Portuguese, and English, as was appropriate for this important international conference. The large-format (36 × 34-inch) map shows the neotropical protected areas of the western hemisphere at a scale of 1:9,700,000, and uses an equal area azimuthal projection centered on 77°W longitude and 5°S latitude. The key map, at a scale of 1:100,000,000, is in the same azimuthal projection.

“Courtesy of Conservation International.”