The world's largest tropical wetland is the Pantanal.
This is a vital resource for more than 270 local communities and several cities in the region – providing for economic activities ranging from cattle ranching to tourism. Elizete Garciada Costa Soares is a member of one local community who fishes for tiny crabs and bait fish called tuvira in the Paraguay River for days at a time. “Life here for us is very fulfilling,” says Elizete. “We have fish to eat; we have bait to sell to make money for other necessities. Even if we don’t have money for meat, we can go out on the river to fish and bring back a piranha to eat with manioc flour. Here, we never go hungry.”