RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The Pantanal, the largest contiguous floodplain on Earth, faces another threat. Following the drastic effects of fires in 2020 and 2021, the biotope and its rich biodiversity in Mato Grosso do Sul state could suffer irreversible environmental damage if the natural areas of the plain are converted into large-scale soy plantations.
The warning is issued by the SOS Pantanal Institute. To stop the advance of soybeans, environmentalists protecting the Pantanal launched an awareness campaign with civil society and government agencies and an online petition to collect signatures supporting the cause.
The SOS Pantanal Institute accounts . . .