Pantanal

February 22, 2007 at 7:45 pm 1 comment

Thanks to the Amazon River Brazil has 14% of the fresh water in the world. Brazil is also home to the Pantanal, the world’s largest continental wetland. Covering thousands of acres in central Brazil, the Pantanal contains a stunning array of plant and animal life. It is one of the great naurual wonders of the world.

According to “The Pantanal in the 21st Century: For the World’s Largest Wetland, an Uncertain Future,” by Frederick A. Swarts,

This area is an unparalleled wildlife sanctuary of spectacular beauty, an ecological paradise containing hundreds of species of birds, thousands of varieties of butterflies, myriads of brightly colored flowers, and shoals of fish. Capuchin and Howler monkeys, capybaras, toucans, anacondas, caimans and tapirs help create an aquatic and sylvan theater of sights and sounds. The endangered jaguar, and increasingly rare Hyacinthine macaws and giant river otters, all make their home in the Pantanal. The Pantanal also provides incalculable economic benefits. It offers a huge area for water purification and groundwater discharge and recharge, climate stabilization, water supply, flood abatement, and an extensive, transport system, among numerous other important functions. And yet, despite the region’s beauty and remarkable environmental and economic value, the Pantanal remains poorly known and faces an uncertain future stemming from a myriad of socioeconomic pressures. The Florida Everglades is a stark reminder of how quickly even a major wetland system can experience devastating ecological and economic consequences when there are poor management responses to such pressures. The Everglades system declined catastrophically in just 50 years. While the Pantanal remains comparatively untouched, without correct understanding, timely action and wise management, its future could be seriously compromised.

Like many areas in the world the balance of water is crucial to the existance of an entire ecosystem.

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Entry filed under: animals, Brazil, sustainability, water.

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  • 1. vhmartins  |  August 15, 2009 at 11:19 am

    Hello,

    I make a photographic tourism in the Pantanal and would you follow my blog, visit and leave a comment, updated during the trip.
    Let’s exchange links? I will add your blog on my site.
    Hug and I hope you there
    http://vhmartins.wordpress.com

    Reply

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