In a nutshell

Location Brazil

Project timeline 

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The Challenge

In the Pantanal region of Brazil, one of the world’s largest tropical wetlands, deforestation and replacement of native vegetation with planted exotic pastures and crops in headwater basins have contributed to stream siltation and changes in hydrologic balance, reducing water quality and quantity.

The Approach

Starting with a pilot municipality called Corguinho which contains key headwater basins of the Negro, Taboco and Aquidauana rivers, in this collaboration with the Swiss Re Foundation the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) leveraged locally-trusted municipal personnel and well-established networks and organisations to:

  • Conduct municipal-scale watershed assessments and land-use planning
  • Train capacity builders to promote sustainable land-use practices
  • Set up three sustainably-managed model properties
  • Scale up positive impacts to neighbouring municipalities

Goals and Expected Impact

Drawing on proven approaches to promoting sustainable land use on individual properties, WCS scaled up impacts to Corguinho’s extensive watersheds through municipal land use planning that helps protect and restore the ecological function of streams and native vegetation areas whilst promoting sustainable land use. Government leaders, environmental officers and members of local landowner organisations from Corguinho continue to work with WCS to develop a municipal land-use plan and a spatially-explicit investment strategy for promoting sustainable land-use practices and watershed protection.


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Our partner

The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) currently manages approximately 500 conservation projects in more than 60 countries. WCS Brazil focuses on two major biomes: the Pantanal and the Amazon. Both are threatened by human activities and are very unique for their complex mosaic of ecosystems.