|The Second World Conference on Preservation and
Sustainable Development in the Pantanal convened in Washington, D.C. from
October 15-17, 1999. Participating were representatives of
governmental, intergovernmental, and non-governmental organizations, as
well as distinguished academics, wetland scientists, environmentalists,
entrepreneurs, and other key authorities.
Thirty-four nations were represented in this second
conference, which was particularly distinguished by the large delegations
from the three key stakeholder nations. Attending from Brazil, Bolivia
and Paraguay were many of the top authorities on the Pantanal, drawn
from the federal and state legislatures, the administrative and legal branches
of the government, universities, research institutes, and so forth.
Also addressing and attending the conference were leading authorities from
many of the world’s premier international organizations dealing with environmental
and developmental issues, and top researchers on the Pantanal, or wetlands
in general, from the United States and the international community.
As with the first program, one focus was explicating the nature of the
Pantanal and challenges to this system; however, this second conference
placed greater emphasis on current and proposed initiatives being advanced
for the future of the Pantanal.
This three-day conference offered a singular
opportunity for specialists and authorities from wide-ranging
disciplines, distinct viewpoints, and an international perspective to explore
fundamental issues relative to conservation and sustainable development
in one of the world’s mostunique, remarkable and diverse ecosystems.
The conference was co-sponsored by the World University Federation, the
University of Bridgeport, Ecotropica Foundation, Sun Moon University, and
The Washington Times Foundation, with technical support of the Waterland
Pantanal photographs were provided
by the Ecotropica Foundation
Conference photographs provided
by the Waterland Research Institute