Mato Grosso do Sul limits crop farming in Pantanal


The Pantanal is the world’s largest freshwater wetland. (Gustavo Figueirôa for SOS Pantanal Institute)

Aiming to help protect the world’s largest freshwater wetland, Brazil’s Mato Grosso do Sul state is prohibiting the expansion of commercial monocultures such as soybeans and corn in its portion of the enormous, highly biodiverse Pantanal floodplain. Legislation imposing the ban was signed in December by Mato Grosso do Sul Gov. Eduardo Riedel and is scheduled to take effect on Feb. 16. It was drafted with assistance from Brazil’s Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change (MMA) whose leader, Marina Silva, attended the bill-signing ceremony in Campo Grande, the state capital. The new law, which won the approval of the unicameral Mato Grosso do Sul state legislature on Dec. 13 in a 23-1 vote, applies to Mato Grosso do Sul state’s 65% share of the Brazilian Pantanal. It comes 15 years after the state’s neighbor to the north, Mato Grosso state, imposed a measure prohibiting any commercial cultivation of... [Log in to read more]

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