The Pantanal in the 21st Century: 
For the World's Largest Wetland, An Uncertain Future
           October 15-17, 1999     Washington, D.C.

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.   Conference Overview
  Conference Schedule
  Keynote, Session Presenters
  Rapporteur's Report

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 Research Institute.

Pantanal photographs were provided by the Ecotropica Foundation

Conference photographs provided by the Waterland Research Institute