Recovery and Resilience in Brazil’s Pantanal
Posted by Diogo Lucatelli
in Americas and Of Interest
Diogo Lucatelli is our expert field leader on expeditions to Brazil’s Pantanal wetlands. In this video, Diogo discusses the wildfires that have occurred and the quick regeneration that followed in this resilient landscape.
The abundant wetlands of the Pantanal have suffered a giant wave of wildfires of unprecedented proportions these past two years. While the government showed little action, different organizations jumped in to help, fighting fires and rescuing animals. Undoubtedly, the region’s fauna and flora were heavily impacted, and the landscape was hard to recognize for a while.
But these are the usual consequences of a fire, which although eye-opening, will soon have faded. As rain falls over the plains, green is already sprouting everywhere, and the floods are re-fertilizing the soil through the wet season. Soon the vegetation is lush and dominated by a myriad of green tones. As for the fauna, wildlife viewing in some of the burnt areas is already fantastic as you’ll see in this video footage taken in the northern Pantanal, suggesting that it may not be long before it gets back to its prime.
The blow was hard, but the Pantanal is resilient. And there are serious institutions, such as SOS Pantantal, with a very good plan to avoid another hit like that, building fire brigades throughout the Pantanal and growing consciousness over potentially harmful traditions around fire. The work of SOS Pantanal depends on contributions from concerned citizens around the world. If you would like to help in this effort, you may donate to SOS Pantanal via PayPal; any help will certainly be meaningful.
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