Pantanal, South America
The 6 minute-long video also shows the impacts the region has been suffering, sustainable production projects and alternatives designed to contribute to the conservation of the Pantanal that WWF is supporting in Brazil and Bolivia. Among them are: certified organic beef cattle ranching, monitoring impacts, environmental education, land tenure regularization, and public and private protected areas.
Thousands of water bird, plant, fish and reptile species thrive in the endless patchwork of lakes, lagoons, rivers and marshes.
Although large areas of the Pantanal remain untouched, it is threatened by expanding human settlement, unsustainable farming practices, illegal mining, hydroelectric power plant construction and unregulated tourism.
When compared to other wetlands in the world, the Pantanal is regarded as the most preserved, but still less than 2% is under government protection.
WWF is working on the ground to conserve the region through the creation of protected areas and promoting sustainable use of natural resources.