One year after devastating a huge portion of the ecosystem, wildfires are once again threatening the Pantanal, the world’s largest wetlands which Brazil shares with Paraguay and Bolivia and where once again animals, including jaguars are being rescued – or fleeing – from the fires. The huge task undertaken by emergency workers and volunteers, who…
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.
The first meeting of the construction of this network was held in 2015 with the objective of creating a participatory space for civil society organizations that considered the conservation and sustainable use of Pantanal resources as a common concern to society, governments and private initiative. 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 33 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.
This initiative is supported by the European Union.
Create a space for the generation, diffusion and application of traditional knowledge and scientific information to the public of the region and the international community, to promote and catalyze effective and efficient actions for sustainable development and political impact in and for the Pantanal biome.
The Pantanal Observatory represents the interests of a trinational network of actors (Brazil, Bolivia and Paraguay), who work coordinated, regionally and internationally, to recognize the importance of conservation and sustainable use of the Pantanal biome promoting its diversity and complexity as systems. ecological aspects, their interconnections with other biomes and their direct and indirect contributions to the well-being of local and regional populations.