maricarmen sequera marsebu at gmail.com
Tue Aug 19 16:27:02 UTC 2014

The Chaco, which is divided among Bolivia, Paraguay, Argentina and Brazil,
is considered one of the most important bioregions on the planet due to its
high diversity of endemic fauna and flora. The Chaco also contributes
significantly to the operation and regulation of one of the largest river
basins in the world, “El Rio de la Plata”. However, increasing disturbances
from human activities, in particular commercial agriculture, have caused
one of the highest rates of natural vegetation loss at global scale,
affecting especially dry forests.

CartoChaco <http://cartochaco.org/#!/map=286>, a new web-based knowledge
platform dedicated to the Gran Chaco region, was launched on 28 July in
Asuncion, Paraguay.
​ It'
s the result of a partnership between Guyra/Paraguay, InfoAmazonia and
Terra-i/CIAT, andwas created to raise awareness of the threats to natural
habitats in this rich bioregion. The platform uses multiple
geo-technologies and provides easy access to relevant events and research
carried in the Chaco, especially in the form of user-friendly thematic maps
and visualizations of data (using MapBox), monthly reports of natural
vegetation changes provided by Guyra and Terra-i, as well as geo-tagged new

I hope you enjoy this initiative.

Abog. Maricarmen Sequera
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