With an area of more than 5,5 million km², the Amazon is the largest unspoilt rainforest on Earth. It makes up about 40% of the South American continent and stretches across nine countries – Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela, Brazil, Bolivia, Guyana, Suriname and French Guiana.
About 35 million people depend on this rainforest for food, water and raw materials. About 9% of the population consist of indigenous groups. Some of the rainforest’s isolated communities have never had contact with the outside world.