Illustration by Fernando Gomez-Baptista
Known for its lush forestry, exotic animals, and indigenous cultures, the Amazon rain forest remains a richly interdependent hub of biodiversity. Today, the Amazon faces a myriad of challenges presented by the increasing anthropogenic demand for its many natural resources. The various map supplements highlight this intricate relationship between humans and the natural environment of the Amazon rain forest, and encourage decision-making practices rooted in conservation efforts.
Together, this collection of activities, case studies, and interactive maps provides students with a holistic picture of the current state of the Amazon rain forest, and raises awareness about the short- and long-term impacts of human activity on it's biodiversity. The National Geographic Society supports education as a vital component in conservation. By engaging with these resources, students will acquire integrated and innovative skills to become capable decision-makers, able to identify alternative solutions and weigh tradeoffs to make well-reasoned decisions.