The Pantanal Observatory represents the union of civil society organizations, acting in favor of socio-environmental issues in the Upper Paraguay River Basin in Bolivia, Brazil, and Paraguay.
In 2015, the first meeting to build this network happened, as part of an IUCN initiative to create a participatory space for civil society organizations. They consider the conservation and the sustainable use of Pantanal resources should be a common concern for society, governments, and the private sector. The conservation of the entire Upper Paraguay Basin depends on the survival and integrity of this biome, since events, natural or otherwise, that occur in the upper parts of the river basin determine the environmental balance and ecological processes of the Pantanal. In 2017, 18 members joined in and prepared a strategic plan for the performance of this organization. Currently, there are 27 members, operating in Bolivia, Brazil, and Paraguay.
At the Pantanal Observatory, there are efforts and administrative cooperation combined for the capture and availability of information that helps to promote respect for socio-biodiversity in the region. This way, this organization aims to promote synergies between institutions and knowledge areas, providing scientific information and traditional knowledge to society, promoting training at various levels and providing the basis for processes of influence in decision making and public policies.
To catalyze and spread information from the Pantanal in a transformative way, which also promotes socio-environmental public policies.
The Pantanal Observatory acts as a network that integrates information related to the Pantanal biome and influences public policies for its use, conservation, and cultural valorization for sustainable development.