WWF in Action: Brazil
Water is Everything. Water is Life.
Wetlands are essential for life. They’re home to a variety of wildlife, they help prevent flooding, store carbon dioxide to regulate climate change and protect our coastlines.
But did you know that more than a billion people make a living from wetlands across the world? Wetlands provide livelihoods, from fishing and
Manuel Barbosa is among those relying on healthy wetlands to support himself and his family. Barbosa, a small-scale farmer in Brazil, inherited land and a love for nature from his father. He grows fruit and vegetables and raises dairy cattle on his small farm, all for his family’s own consumption. He believes his greatest achievement is the contribution he has made to the Pantanal, the world’s largest wetland, by supporting a new pact to conserve its headwaters. Part of this pact is the conservation of the stream—Queima Pe—that runs through his property and provides clean water to the 90,000 people who live in his community of Tangara da Serra.
“People need to understand that protecting springs guarantees water for
“Thanks to contour planting, when it rains now, the water can infiltrate properly into the soil and consequently feed the spring and stream,” Barbosa said. “My pastures have improved, but the main thing is that it ensures there is plenty of clean water in the stream.”
Photo © Juan Pratginestos/WWF