Pan­tanal eco­tourism Ac­cess, costs, ben­e­fits and threats

The Irish Times - Weekend Review - - ENVIRONMENT -

I trav­elled in the re­gion with Bird­ing Pan­tanal, which han­dled all lo­gis­tics and pro­vided a guide whose knowl­edge of birds and mam­mals was as in­ex­haustible as her pa­tience and good hu­mour; bird­ing­pan­

A re­cent study (you can read a PDF at sug­gests that al­though eco­tourism is boom­ing in the Pan­tanal, a great deal more con­ser­va­tion man­age­ment and plan­ning are needed to make it sus­tain­able. In a sadly fa­mil­iar sce­nario, ex­ist­ing reg­u­la­tions are of­ten flouted.

An­other ar­ti­cle (at shows that the fi­nan­cial ben­e­fits of jaguar con­ser­va­tion to the re­gion far out­weigh the costs in cat­tle pre­da­tion. But those ben­e­fits need to be much more fairly dis­trib­uted to lo­cal peo­ple to en­sure pop­u­lar sup­port for im­ple­men­ta­tion of hunt­ing and farm­ing reg­u­la­tions.

The big­gest threat to the Pan­tanal’s eco­log­i­cal in­tegrity, how­ever, comes from a transna­tional scheme, the Hidrovía Paraná-Paraguay project, which aims to “im­prove” the great rivers that feed its marshes; you can read an as­sess­ment at­ciIw.X%%Ex­tPageImgè

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