The occupation and land use by farming in the areas next to the pantanal plains are one of the main threats to conservation of the local biodiversity. This is what José Sabino, from the Anhanguera University (Uniderp), Walfrido Tomas, from the Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation (Embrapa-Pantanal), and Arnildo Pott, from the Mato Grosso do Sul Federal University (UFMS) stressed during the third meeting of the Biota-FAPESP Education Conference Cycle, held in São Paulo on April 18th. According to them, approximately 5% of the pantanal is protected by conservation areas, which is insufficient to protect the region’s animals.
Biota-FAPESP Education Conference Cycle is an initiative of the Biota FAPESP Program, in partnership with Pesquisa FAPESP magazine. The goal is to present the knowledge generated in the program along its 13 years, while contributing to the quality of science and environmental education in the country.