Four cooperation agreements are signed during the launch of Corredor Azul Programme in Brazil
On 9th August 2018, Wetlands International and Mupan (Women in Action in the Pantanal) held the national launch of the Corredor Azul Programme: Connecting People, Nature and Economies along the Paraná-Paraguay Wetlands System in the Brazilian territory, in Campo Grande, Brazil.
The program aims to preserve the environmental health and connectivity of the Paraná-Paraguay wetlands system, both as a natural heritage for the livelihood and subsistence of local communities, and to promote sustainable development in the region. Maintaining connectivity in this dynamic wetland system, within the wider La Plata Basin, is vital for the future ecology and economy of the Corredor Azul.
Extending 3,400 km from its source in the Brazilian Pantanal, through Bolivia and Paraguay to its end point in Argentina's Paraná delta, the Corredor Azul is one of the world's last remaining examples of a large, free-flowing river system. Beyond the natural beauty and uniqueness of this river system's myriad of land and water habitats, it has a world heritage significance, since it is also vital for the future of the region.
The Corredor Azul Programme is coordinated by Wetlands International with the support of DOB Ecology. In Brazil, the programme is implemented by Mupan.
In the first stage of the implementation of Corredor Azul, the coordinator of the programme in Brazil, Rafaela Nicola, together the director of Mupan, Áurea da Silva Garcia, met with community leaders from the Pantanal region and representatives of the private and public sector to establish new partnerships. During the launch of the programme, four cooperation agreements were signed with the Pantanal Research Center (CPP), Ecosocial, SOS Pantanal and WWF Brazil.