Why is it
The Pantanal wetlands of southern Brazil is the largest inland wetland system in the world.
It provides habitat for many tropical and subtropical species, home for a ranching economy compatible with conservation, and ecosystem services like flood control not just for people within the Pantanal, but millions living downstream along the Rio Parana and Rio de la Plata, as far as Buenos Aires, Argentina.
What needs to
Plans to dredge portions of the Pantanal and to artificially straighten the river system threaten to destroy the ecosystem services this wetland provides to the region's inhabitants. Flood control would diminish, fisheries would be lost. The current economy would be undermined.
These destructive, economically flawed development schemes must be replaced with plans that make sense for the Pantanal.
Who is working on it?
Rios Vivos (Paraguay)
Ecologia e Acao
Instituto Centro de
la Vida (Brazil)