A new map of Central America which combines traditional cartography with the testimony of 3,500 indigenous people has been produced by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) .
It claims to be the most comprehensive map of its kind ever produced for the region.
The map shows that approximately 51 percent of Central America’s current forest cover is either inside or adjacent to indigenous territory.
“You cannot talk about conservation without speaking of indigenous peoples and their role as the guardians of our most delicate lands and waters,” said Grethel Aguilar, Regional Director of the ICUN Office for Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean.
“This map shows that where indigenous people live, you will find the best preserved natural resources."