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Title: Proceedings of the symposium Anais do Simpośio : The Pantanal : scientific and institutional challenges in management of a large and complex wetland ecosystem = O Pantanal : desafios cientificos e institucionais para a gestaõ de um extenso e complexo ecossistema de planicies umidas
Authors: Annual Meeting of the Society of Wetlands Scientists (24th : 8-13 June 2003 : New Orleans, La.)
Coastal and Hydraulics Laboratory (U.S.)
Water Operations Technical Support Program (U.S.)
Tazik, David J.
Ioris, Antonio A. R.
Collinsworth, Stephen R.
Keywords: Brazil
Paraguay River
Wetland ecology
Floodplain ecology
Flood pulse concept
Environmental sustainability
Publisher: Environmental Laboratory (U.S.)
Engineer Research and Development Center (U.S.)
Series/Report no.: ERDC SR ; 04-1.
Description: Special Report
Abstract: The Pantanal is one of the largest complexes of wetlands in the world, and has justifiably received increasing international attention. The Pantanal supports an extraordinary diversity and abundance of wildlife, making this "great swamp" a globally significant center of biological diversity. Critical to the maintenance of this natural diversity is the historical pattern of seasonal flooding that also affects economic activities in the region - cattle ranching, commercial and sport fishing, and ecotourism. Agricultural development in the surrounding Cerrado and proposals to improve navigation along the Paraguay River are environmental issues of particular concern within the region. While the socio-economic and ecological stability of the Pantmal depends largely on maintaining the integrity of the annual flood pulse, the hydro-ecology of the region is still poorly understood. The Pantanal Program was established by Brazil in 2001 to foster sustainable development in the Upper Paraguay River Basin. The long-term goal is to effectively employ natural capital in sustainable economic development that equally considers human, economic, and ecological dimensions. The purpose of the symposium was to exchange information of mutual interest on innovative approaches to enhancing environmental sustainability in a large, complex ecosystem. A group of renowned scientists, resource managers, and public officials involved in the Pantanal Program were brought together to discuss the past, present, and future of stewardship in the Pantanal. The papers presented here address a full spectrum of ecological, socio-economic, and socio-political issues relevant to the Pantanal.
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