BRAZIL: Largest Wetland Granted More Protection

Water is more precious than gold, and its availability depends upon maintaining
large and intact natural ecosystems. In a marvelous development, Brazil has
designated a significant portion of the enormous Pantanal wetland in Mato
Grosso State as a Wetland of International Importance. In the mid to long term,
the Pantanal is vastly more important for Brazil and the World's future as an
intact wetland than for farming or other uses. Water and forests are the future
as well as the past. This announcement is indeed good news, but really only the
beginning of major regional land protection and restoration activities necessary
to achieve global ecological sustainability.

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