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RTRS Maps

RTRS maps for Brazil, Paraguay and Argentina

The RTRS Mapping projects for Brazil, Paraguay and Argentina are already completed. This is a zoning tool aiming at guiding responsible soy production by identifying areas of greater significance for biodiversity, where stakeholders agree there should not be any conversion, and by describing areas of possible expansion over already consolidated areas.

It was agreed to establish a scale of 1:250.000 and 1:500.000 at regional level for each country. Although some of the information layers considered for the final product (such as protected areas boundaries and cleared zones) were generated at a greater detail scale, it is recommended not to interpret these maps as 1:50.000-1:10.000 at local or farm level.

RTRS maps serve as guides for analysing the different RTRS categories and therefore they should be interpreted according to the guidelines contained in the user guide. Download the user guide here to understand its use and interpretation.

You can access the Maps by clicking in the following image:

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We are committed with the conservation of biodiversity

Reaching an agreement on the best way for guiding soy expansion and promoting conservation of ecosystems was a challenging process for us, where producers, industry and national and international conservation organizations could combine different perspectives.

At the beginning of 2010, a temporary agreement between all the stakeholders was signed. By this agreement, restriction of soy expansion in forests was decided and development of zoning tools for other ecosystems became a requirement. As this was only a precautionary measure, it was observed that it was necessary to create more categorical mechanisms in the mid-term, with the purpose of defining responsible soy production while safeguarding natural ecosystems. Thus, in the mid-term, we committed ourselves to develop macro-scale maps for Argentina, Brazil, Bolivia and Paraguay, which supply information on biodiversity and a system that guides responsible soy expansion.

Thus, the RTRS Mapping Project was created aiming at preserving areas and ecosystems for the preservation of biodiversity and High Conservation Value Areas (HCVA), as well as at identifying opportunities for responsible expansion with low environmental impact levels.