Recent scientific development and politico-institutional experiences related to the conservation of the South-American Pantanal are explored in this book in relation to what is happening in other tropical wetland areas of international importance such as the Everglades in North America and the Okavango in Africa, as well as considering the European experience. An interdisciplinary group of authors examines the need to establish a constructive dialogue between scientists, policy-makers and local stakeholders and outline a future research agenda, including consideration of the impacts of climate change and the pressures of regional development, for wetland management.
'The 12 chapters of this book have been written by over 50 experts. Their manuscripts show how they lived a dedicated life of researching, characterising, campaigning and promoting sustainable management in this unique part of the world.This book deserves wider attention than this of wetland management experts alone. It has documentary and didactical value for students in environmental, interdisciplinary and management sciences. It offers excellent material for decision-makers in nature conservation issues. It provides intriguing examples for all those dealing with involving local stakeholders in constructive environmental debates'. International Journal of Environment and Pollution
Contents: Preface; Introduction and overview of the book, Andrew Vinten; The Pantaneiros, perceptions and conflicts about the environment in the Pantanal, Pierre Girard; Hydro-ecological processes and anthropogenic impacts on the ecosystem services of the Pantanal wetland, Débora F. Calheiros, MÃ¡rcia D. Oliveira and Carlos R. Padovani; Availability, uses and management of water in the Brazilian Pantanal, Daniela M. Figueiredo, Eliana F.G.C. Dores, Adriano R. Paz and Christopher F. Souza; Soil and water conservation in the upper Paraguay River basin: examples from Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil, Carlos N. Ide, FÃ¡bio. V GonÃ§alves, Giancarlo Lastoria, Humberto C. Val, Jhonatan B. Silva, Jorge L. Steffen, Luiz A.A. Val, Maria L. Ribeiro, Sandra G. Gabas and Synara A.O. Broch; Systematic zoning applied to biosphere reserves: protecting the Pantanal wetland heritage, Reinaldo Lourival, Matt Watts, Guilherme M. MourÃ£o and Hugh P. Possingham; Organizational complexity and stakeholder engagement in the management of the Pantanal wetland, Thomas G. Safford; Reassessing development: Pantanal's history, dilemmas and prospects, Antonio A.R. Ioris; Management and sustainable development of the Okavango, Cornelis Vanderpost, Natalie Mladenov, Michael Murray-Hudson, Piotr Wolski, Lapologang Magole, Lars Ramberg, Joseph E. Mbaiwa, C. Naidu Kurugundla, Nkobi M. Moleele, Gagoitseope Mmopelwa, Eben ChonguiÃ§a, Donald L. Kgathi, Mpaphi C. Bonyongo, Sibangani Mosojane and Susan Ringrose; Wetlands and the water environment in Europe in the first decade of the water framework directive: are expectations being matched by delivery?, Tom Ball; Managing the Everglades and wetlands of North America, Victor C. Engel, Carol Mitchell, Bruce Boler, Joffre Castro, Leonard Pearlstine, Dilip Shinde; Wetland management challenges in the South-American Pantanal and the international experience, Wolfgang J. Junk and Catia N. da Cunha; Index.