The geographic institutes of Meso-America have developed the first regional map of Mesoamerica, at a scale of 1:250.000. The regional map is made up of four thematic layers: Villages and Urban Spots; Administrative Limits (three levels); Highways; and Rivers and Water Bodies. The institutes decided to adopt a practical working scheme to harmonize the national information at a regional level by organizing a series of regional workshops in El Salvador and Costa Rica during 2012 and 2013. In these workshops geographers of each country corrected the information of the borders and coordinated the information associated to the maps. They were able to produce a comprehensive and harmonized regional map.
The project was supported and financed by three institutions: Development Bank of Latin America (CAF), the Pan-American Institute of Geography and History (PAIGH, for its acronym in Spanish) and the United States Geological Service (USGS). The new regional map is available for consultation in the regional map viewer of the GeoSUR Program (http://www.geosur.info/map-viewer/).
Source: Eric van Praag / GSDI