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  • Finding a delicate balance in the Pantanal

    WWF Magazine: Spring 2020
    The sprawling Pantanal supports a wealth of wildlife, plants, and people. As pressures intensify in this ecosystem, multinational cooperation and a holistic strategy are key to a better way forward.
    South America
  • People of the Pantanal

    WWF Magazine: Spring 2020
    Development within the Pantanal must be managed sustainably. Today, community members across the region are working to conserve this essential landscape and their own way of life.
    Bandeira family
  • Tracing the Paraguay River through the world's largest tropical wetland

    WWF Magazine: Summer 2019
    In March, WWF-Brazil led a group of 25 journalists, researchers, and celebrities on a five-day adventure that involved boating, driving, walking along the Paraguay Rivera and through the Pantanal.
    People wading in a river
  • First-ever 'water mower' helps clear invasive plants

    WWF Magazine: Spring 2019
    The wetlands of Nepal’s Chitwan National Park are being overrun by a menace: Eichhornia crassipes. WWF and a cadre of engineers have built the first-ever water mower to clear these invasive plants.
    Water mower operating
  • 5 amazing animals that live in the Pantanal—and need our help

    Nestled in the heart of South America, the Pantanal is the world’s largest tropical wetland. Discover just a few of the native species that live in this incredible place.

    Jaguar in the Pantanal
  • Increasing hope for the world’s largest wetland

    WWF Magazine: Fall 2018
    Located within Brazil, Bolivia, and Paraguay, the Pantanal is a floodplain the size of England.
    reveal snaileggs fall2018
  • What is a wetland? And 8 other wetland facts

    Wetlands are often undervalued. Between 300 million and 400 million people live close to—and depend on—wetlands. Learn more about these important habitats WWF is working to conserve. 

    De Hoop wetland
  • Working together to save World Heritage Sites

    April 18, 2017

    On World Heritage Day, we’re highlighting some of the incredible sites that WWF is working to save. These sites belong to all of us, and together we can protect them for wildlife and people around the world.

    Green turtles in the ocean.
  • Celebrating wetlands and their role in supporting communities worldwide

    February 02, 2016

    More than a billion people make a living from wetlands across the world. Wetlands provide livelihoods, from fishing and eco-tourism, to farming and drinking water for communities. WWF is working to support some of the world’s most vital wetlands and the communities that depend on them across Asia, Africa, and Latin America.

    wetlands in Brazil
  • World's Largest Wetland Declared

    February 02, 2013

    The world's largest wetland site was declared by the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands of International Importance. The site, known as Llanos de Moxos, is located in the South American country of Bolivia. At more than 17 million acres, the wetland is roughly equal in size to the US state of North Dakota.

    Palm stand in the Llanos de Moxos wetlands
  • New Protection for Elephant and Gorilla Habitats

    October 11, 2012

    A new designation by the Republic of Congo provides vital habitat to endangered species and preserves nature’s value for surrounding communities.

     

    Western lowland gorilla