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Brazil: Pantanal wildfires to have 'huge' environmental impact on world's largest tropical wetland03:18

Brazil: Pantanal wildfires to have 'huge' environmental impact on world's largest tropical wetland

Brazil, Pocone
August 10, 2020 at 18:24 GMT -00:00 · Published

Experts have been evaluating the environmental impact of wildfires which are ravaging the world's largest tropical wetland, Pantanal in Brazil. Firefighters have been combatting the ongoing blaze in Pocone in Mato Grosso where the Pantanal is mostly located as seen in footage from Friday, August 7.

"A huge (environmental) impact, especially when the fire is coming from human activities during the time that we are going through, a very severe season, very strong winds. The Mato Grosso wetland specifically is causing small fires to turned into large ones that cross large areas, many hectares burned, so it's a criminal fire," said Cristina Cuiabalia Rodrigues Pimentel Neves who acts as a manager at SESC Pantanal Ecological Reserve.

"The wetland has the power to rapidly regenerate other biomes and other ecosystems. However, this fire, in this large proportion that is happening now, we cannot estimate," she added.

"The main fire is about 65 thousand hectares and the total would be around 80 thousand hectares," said Flavio Gledson Vieira Bezerra, from the military fire brigade.

SESC Pantanal is a socio-environmental park which aims to conserve and educate, with a total surface area of 108 thousand hectares and a tourism hotel that receives around 30 thousand guests a year, allowing people to have access to the wetlands.

Brazil: Pantanal wildfires to have 'huge' environmental impact on world's largest tropical wetland03:18
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Experts have been evaluating the environmental impact of wildfires which are ravaging the world's largest tropical wetland, Pantanal in Brazil. Firefighters have been combatting the ongoing blaze in Pocone in Mato Grosso where the Pantanal is mostly located as seen in footage from Friday, August 7.

"A huge (environmental) impact, especially when the fire is coming from human activities during the time that we are going through, a very severe season, very strong winds. The Mato Grosso wetland specifically is causing small fires to turned into large ones that cross large areas, many hectares burned, so it's a criminal fire," said Cristina Cuiabalia Rodrigues Pimentel Neves who acts as a manager at SESC Pantanal Ecological Reserve.

"The wetland has the power to rapidly regenerate other biomes and other ecosystems. However, this fire, in this large proportion that is happening now, we cannot estimate," she added.

"The main fire is about 65 thousand hectares and the total would be around 80 thousand hectares," said Flavio Gledson Vieira Bezerra, from the military fire brigade.

SESC Pantanal is a socio-environmental park which aims to conserve and educate, with a total surface area of 108 thousand hectares and a tourism hotel that receives around 30 thousand guests a year, allowing people to have access to the wetlands.

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