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Fri Mar 23, 2018, 09:32 PM

An important win for the world's largest tropical wetland

Brazil, Bolivia, and Paraguay commit to protect the Pantanal


March 22, 2018

The world’s largest tropical wetland notched an important win today with new commitments that require sustainable development of the Pantanal, a 42-million-acre wetland that touches three countries. It ensures that all future development of this essential landscape is balanced with the needs of wildlife and people.

Bolivia, Brazil, and Paraguay signed the landmark declaration that calls for sustainable development of the Pantanal. The decision follows years of collaboration among the governments that are securing a prosperous future for one of the most biologically rich ecosystems on the planet. WWF has assisted this effort and applauds this landmark move.

The Pantanal is a surprisingly well-kept secret in comparison to the Amazon, despite its massive size and the more than 4,700 animal and plant species that live within it.

Millions of people living downstream rely on its crucial natural resources and benefits, including natural flood control, groundwater recharge, river flow for boats to navigate, and absorption of carbon. A study conducted by Brazil's Agricultural Research Corporation concluded that these natural benefits are valued at $112 billion a year.



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Fri Mar 23, 2018, 09:52 PM

1. Google tells me that 42 million acres is 65,625 square miles

which is the number of square miles in a square that is 256 miles on each side. So that's a big chunk of wetland

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Sat Mar 24, 2018, 07:17 AM

2. If there is an afterlife, Francisco Anselmo de Barro should know this.

Those Happy Sugarcane Workers In Brazil: The Car Culture and Urinary Carcinogens.

Of course, limiting the "development" of sugarcane plantations in the Pantanal might not save it. It faces issues with dams and of course, climate change.

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