In this work, we present a new land-cover map of South America derived from the 300 m resolution MEdium Resolution Imaging Spectrometer (MERIS) sensor, using data from 2009 to 2010. The results are compared to those from similar continental products from SPOT VGT (Global Land Cover 2000, GLC2000) and from MODIS (MODerate Imaging Spectrometer). We used the new map to assess the major land-cover changes that have occurred since the year 2000, using the GLC2000 map (Bartholomé and Belward, 2005) as historical reference. The product is assessed using ‡ner spatial resolution data from Landsat Thematic Mapper.