ACRES OF PARAGUAYAN WETLANDS SAVED

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ACRES OF PARAGUAYAN WETLANDS SAVED

 user 2007-01-18 at 10:37:00 am Views: 56
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    Acres of Paraguayan wetland saved
    Thousands
    of acres of environmentally important wetland in South America have
    been saved from destruction by a British charity.The land, in the
    Pantanal area of northern Paraguay, has been bought by the World Land
    Trust, working in partnership with Guyra, a Paraguayan bird life
    charity.It is one of a number of land purchase projects which the UK
    organisation, based in Halesworth, Suffolk, is working on.The Pantanal
    is the largest wetland in the world and includes parts of Brazil,
    Bolivia, and Paraguay.Large parts of it are threatened by deforestation
    through logging and agricultural activities such as soy production.One
    study recently estimated 17% of its native vegetation had been
    destroyed.It is home to some 3,500 species of plants, 650 species of
    birds and hundreds of species of mammals, reptiles and fish. Rare
    mammals include the giant anteater, giant otter, giant armadillo,
    jaguar and puma.

    Deforestation
    “There are many reasons why we
    should save the Pantanal,” says Jose Luis Cartes from Guyra, “like all
    the knowledge we would lose if it disappears.”For instance there are
    more than 300 species of fish that we know very little about.”There are
    some reserves and national parks there, but they only tend to exist on
    paper. Deforestation there is very high,” he added.The Sid Templer
    Reserve, as it is now known, covers 3,600 hectares (about 10,000 acres)
    and there are plans to expand it to 10,000 hectares.Although the area
    has been bought by World Land Trust, it is owned and managed by Guyra.