Photographic exhibit ‘Bolivian Pantanal, source of life and development’

by WWF Bolivia
(Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia)

Currently on display at the Expocruz international fair

Currently on display at the Expocruz international fair

The photographic exhibit ‘Bolivian Pantanal, source of life and development’ is a visual journey through the majestic Pantanal and allows us, through impressive imagery, to venture deep into its rivers, dense forests, learn about the hardworking lives of its inhabitants, and the remote places where the hyacinth macaw nests and the jaguars rest. The exhibit is promoted by the Bolivian Pantanal Network and the Bolivian Society for Environmental Law (SBDA), in collaboration with WWF, the global conservation organization.

The exhibit includes spectacular photographs of the Pantanal capturing the details of many of its plants and animals, as well as its extensive lagoons, rivers and island forests. At the same time, it brings to light the opportunities and threats for sustainable development in the Pantanal. In regards to the most serious crisis currently faced by humanity, it is predicted that climate change will also affect the Pantanal, with an increase in rain (currently 1500 mm on average). The rainiest years could be two or three times more frequent and thus cause more severe flooding.

The exhibit, which is itinerant, is scheduled to be shown throughout the Chiquitania as well as Bolivia’s main cities. It is now open to the public at the 2009 Expocruz (yearly international fair held in Santa Cruz). The exhibit has already been presented in the municipalities of San Matías and San Ignacio, where it was highly praised and visited by the general public and authorities, such as the Mayor of the Municipality of San Matías, Mr. Huber Velarde, who said that the photographic exhibit “will surely contribute in strengthen the environmental awareness of our communities”.

Background

WWF’s Pantanal Programme

WWF has been working in the region as of 1998 focusing on the sedimentation plain, or the Great Pantanal, through conservation programs in both Bolivia and Brazil. Aware that conservation in the Pantanal depends on the integral maintenance of the Upper Paraguay River Watershed, the program is now expanding effort to other related ecosystems located outside the wetland.

About WWF

The objective of WWF Bolivia, the conservation organization, is to contribute to the conservation of the Amazon and the Pantanal, promote and generate sustainable economic opportunities for its inhabitants and Bolivia in general.

WWF’s mission is to stop the degradation of the planet’s natural environment and to build a future in which humans live in harmony with nature by:

* Conserving the world’s biological diversity
* Ensuring that the use of renewable natural resources is sustainable
* Promoting the reduction of pollution and wasteful consumption.

For further information: www.panda.org/bolivia

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