This article was originally published on Conservation International.

“From oxygen and fresh water to carbon storage, the forests of the Amazon Basin and Guiana Shield provide irreplaceable services to all of humanity. Protecting the forests, rivers, wetlands and other “natural capital” that is the source of these services requires us to know where it is and how it’s doing.

To that end, Conservation International has mapped the most essential natural capital in Amazonia to help governments, development banks, indigenous communities and others protect it — for the good of the 34 million people who live in the region, and for the good of humanity.

As pressure on the Amazon grows from development, agriculture and climate change, this information has never been more vital…”

Read on at: Conservation International.