Operating all year round in the Pantanal allows us to have access to the fauna and flora resources, enabling us to further expand our knowledge of biodiversity.
These activities are always supported by other partners, researchers and professionals from different areas.
Currently underway, the "Águas Pró Pantanal" project aims to provide information to improve the healthiness of the water resource available for human consumption and ensure fertile living conditions coming from this indispensable source. Among the actions, collection, analysis, disposal of the result and proposal of improvement when necessary, we also focus on improvement and cleanliness as a beneficial form of access to health.
WATERS FOR THE PANTANAL
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The Ecotrópica Foundation is a non-profit organization, which has been working
since 1989 in biodiversity protection projects. Several actions are undertaken with prevention, monitoring
and direct combat.
Throughout its history, ECOTROPICA has always built partnerships seeking to conserve the environment and improve the quality of life of those who use it. We know that current times require a lot of work and commitment in the field so that the results can be brought and presented in the form of images and data collected during the work.
Closing the month of July our task was to support SEMA, INDEA, and MAPA for field actions that sought to identify the occurrence, or not, of the incidence of avian influenza in the face of a recent outbreak discovered in Brazil.
The H5N1 avian influenza, a highly pathogenic phenomenon (IAAP) in wild birds, has already been detected in Brazil and is on the radar of the sanitary control bodies that have the mission of contingency of the disease avoiding the spread of great effect.
This time, the Pantanal was the field of study and monitoring of nests having been chosen by the high concentration of migratory species that in this season reproduce in the form of a concentration of nests near the bays left by the ebb. The sampling points were carried out along the Transpantaneira Park Road and the confluence area. Several isolated nests were sighted and in greater numbers, the nests are overwhelmed in species, quantity and stage of reproduction.
The enchantment of the fauna is accompanied by the exuberant flora. At this time of year, the Ipês and Piúvas set the tone in colours and over colours, which make life in the nests more harmonious.
The importance of detecting the disease is directly linked to the interest in maintaining the Brazilian fauna, which is also composed of foreign species. When editing Ordinance No. 587/2023, the Ministry of Agriculture took advantage of what Brazilian legislation determines to put perennial and transient individuals in Brazil's aquatic and terrestrial environments safe from the occurrence of easily contaminated plague.
It is important to remember that the influenza that is sought to be controlled can also affect humans when in contact with sick birds. All health authorities must comply with the MAPA Ordinance to avoid damage to health and the economic order since birds from breeding farms can also be easily affected by the presence of the H5N1 virus.
Any person who comes across a bird with signs of the disease must immediately notify the nearest health authority that will carry out the containment to study the presence of the virus. If detected, implement the appropriate measures to prevent its spread. During the work in the wetland, no signs of the presence of contaminated birds were detected along the entire route, but the observation work should continue until the end of the migratory period that is still underway for the region observed. The field team formed by veterinarians, biologists, managers, and volunteers used various equipment including drones to reach areas of difficult access by galleries of forests or marshes, common in the wetland.
Our journey continues. We appreciate your help, support, volunteering, and as a PARTNER in this PROJECT!