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Prioritising areas for wildfire prevention and post-fire restoration in the Brazilian Pantanal

In 2020, fires in the Pantanal, the world’s largest continuous tropical wetland, made global news. The flames destroyed almost one-third of the biome. Furthermore, 43% of the affected area was burnt for the first time in 20 or even more years. As the combination of extreme drought and anthropogenic actions that caused these extreme wildfires…

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Lightning patterns in the Pantanal: Untangling natural and anthropogenic-induced wildfires

The identification of fire causes and characteristics is of fundamental importance to better understand fire regimes and drivers. Particularly for Brazil, there is a gap in the quantification of lightning-caused fires. Accordingly, this work is a novel probabilistic assessment of the spatial-temporal patterns of lightning-ignited wildfires in the Pantanal wetland. Here, remote sensing information such…

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Distance reveal 17 million vertebrates directly killed by the 2020’s wildfires in the Pantanal

Amid the bleakness of 2020, scientists in Brazil concluded a particularly grim conservation study – attempting to count the animals killed by huge wildfires in the Pantanal wetlands. They estimate that as many as 17 million vertebrates – including reptiles, birds and primates – died. Wildfires burned between January and November, destroying 30% of the…

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Traditional cattle and ecotourism can be combined with the conservation of the jaguar in the Pantanal

The research on spatial correlation of the economic use of the Pantanal was led by Fernando Tortato, a researcher at Panthera Brasil, a member organization of the Observatorio Pantanal. According to the study, it is possible to reconcile the practices of extensive cattle raising and ecotourism with the conservation of the jaguar in the Pantanal.…

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Wildfires threatening biodiversity in Brazil’s Pantanal region

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…

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The new EU regional programme for Latin America & the Caribbean – NGO recommendations

Recommendations submitted by global environmental organisations with offices and partners in the Latin American and Caribbean region, to the EU consultation on the new regional programme for the Latin America and CaribbeanIn response to the EU consultation on the new regional multi-annual indicative programme for Latin America and the Caribbean, this paper lays out the…

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