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The Pantanal from above

An important win for the world's largest tropical wetland

Brazil, Bolivia, and Paraguay signed an unprecedented declaration that calls for sustainable development of the Pantanal, a 42-million-acre wetland that touches each country. The decision follows years of collaboration among the governments that are securing a prosperous future for one of the most biologically rich ecosystems on the planet.

  • What is a wetland? And 8 other wetland facts

    July 18, 2017

    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