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Water shortages in the Pantanal’s headwaters: unthinkable?






It seems absurd that a region abundant in fresh water, located in the fertile headwaters of Brazil’s Pantanal, would face water supply problems, but this has become the sad reality for Tangará da Serra municipality. In Tangará’s Triângulo District, for at least three months, hundreds of families have been without water. Water pumps have stopped […]

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Pantanal Pact – 20 down, 5 to go!






A week celebrating the environment finishes on a massive high in Brazil with the news that 20 mayors signed up to the Pantanal Pact. Along with these commitments, WWF, the Mato Grosso state government and six other institutions also signed on the dotted line. Not bad going for an event that wasn’t even on our […]

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Reserva do Cabaçal, Mato Grosso. © Anastasia Taylor-Lind / WWF UK

Pantanal Pact, on the right track!






It’s almost six months to the day since I raised a glass to celebrate Pantanal Day. I’ve been lucky enough to get back out to Brazil to work directly with my Brazilian colleagues and have seen the work we are doing to safeguard this amazing wetland go from strength to strength. I wanted to share […]

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Close up of a spectacled bear

Adventures in bear country






As a child learning about Paddington Bear’s adventures I never thought I would one day have the opportunity to visit his home land.  Michael Bond describes Paddington as hailing from ‘darkest Peru’, where I have had the pleasure to spend an extended amount of time in recent years. Paddington was undoubtedly inspired by the only […]

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Jaguar in the Pantanal © Anthony B.Rath_WWF Pantanal Day

Raise a glass (of water) to the Pantanal






Happy Pantanal Day! I think it’s fitting that such an amazing place has its own special day; a wetland the size of Belgium, Switzerland, Holland and Portugal combined – the world’s largest – definitely deserves to be celebrated! This huge floodplain is home to an incredible array of species with over 5000 recorded to date.  […]

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Apui cheese, Brazil. Copyright: Richard Perkins / WWF

Trees, beef and cheese in Apuí






Trans-Amazonica; it sounds big right? Anything that can go through the Amazon has got to be immense.  The road cuts 4,000 km across Brazil from the east coast (Atlantic) to its western border – in European terms that’s roughly the distance from Lisbon, Portugal to Moscow, Russia! Its construction in the early 70’s intended to […]

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Close up of a spectacled bear

Spotted: The bear that inspired Paddington






The spectacled bear is extremely elusive and is considered ‘Vulnerable’ on the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) ‘Red List’. It is the only bear native to South America and was the inspiration for Michael Bond’s Paddington bear and a movie later this year featuring the voice of Colin Firth. Despite being the largest […]

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Amazon River Dolphins

And the species just keep on coming (but for how much longer)?






I find it amazing to think that even in this day and age new species are still being discovered. In a world where technology, economy, politics and business increasingly take centre stage, somewhere in the most remote reaches of our incredible natural world there are yet more species waiting to be discovered. Earlier this year […]

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