Transboundary Mapping in the Southwestern Amazon Borderlands

Authors: David Salisbury*, University Of Richmond
Topics: Latin America, Cultural and Political Ecology, Cartography
Keywords: Development, Conservation, Borders, Amazonia, Cartography
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/5/2019
Start / End Time: 8:00 AM / 9:40 AM
Room: Roosevelt 2, Marriott, Exhibition Level
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The sub-national governments of the Southwestern Amazon (Ucayali and Madre de Dios (Peru), Acre (Brazil) and Pando (Bolivia)) increasingly focus on development through agri-business and resource extraction. This focus and expanding development initiatives threaten some of the most biologically and culturally diverse landscapes in the Amazon. Moreover, these initiatives have impacts that extend across national boundaries to pressure neighboring national parks and Indigenous territories. Effective transboundary coordination to mitigate impacts relies on updated, readily understandable, transboundary cartography. The Transboundary Geographic Group of Southwestern Amazonia’s (GTASO) network of spatial technology professionals previously exchanged geographic information and created transboundary thematic maps of the Southwestern Amazon in 2012 and 2013. These cartographic products facilitated the analysis of a range of conservation and development projects in this environmentally, economically, and socially sensitive region. Now, over five years later, the latest GTASO workshop promises to build on these previous initiatives by identifying and incorporating new variables into the mapping initiative.

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