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Article: Recommendations for the sustainability of professional fishing in the South Pantanal

ECOA, an organization of the Observatorio Pantanal, has in its work agenda the riverside communities of the Pantanal that have fishing as their main source of income. The institution develops socio-environmental projects with the objective of combining the quality of life of fishermen and fisherwomen with the sustainability of fishing. The organization contributes in three…

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Human activity is responsible for fires in the Pantanal, says study

Source: Earth Observatory Nasa The Pantanal and the fires that occurred in 2019 and 2020 were featured on NASA’s news website. The report brings some analysis by researchers from NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Cardiff University and NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center. Scientists say extreme heat and drought in…

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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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