ID 4798
Submitting Entity UNEP
Submitted for Fifth Ordinary Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (COP 5)
Main Information
Title Biodiversity conservation and cattle ranchers in the Brazilian Pantanal
Description At more than 138,000 square kilometres the Brazilian Pantanal is known as the largest freshwater wetland in the world. A number of steps have been taken to first understand and later create a programme of work to address the incentives facing ranchers and rancher behaviour. These planned and ongoing efforts include: an investigation of the costs of cattle production with and without cultivated pastures in the Pantanal; an analysis of existing census data to attempt to reveal the principal correlates with forest conversion pressures; a research and extension/outreach effort to increase the perhectare returns (land profitability) of Pantanal cattle-ranching; an investigation of forest products with current or potential economic value by land type; an investigation of potential use and non-use values (including tourism) of Pantanal wildlife; and a planned economic-value map incorporating 
all of the above information in a user-friendly visual interface.

Formal biological diversity preservation efforts in the Pantanal are still in their infancy. Efforts to understand and guide natural=resource management in the Pantanal have benefited from a number of lessons including:

(a) That the lack of land/resource use and management data/information 
in the region is a primary constraint to exploring policy alternatives;

(b) That stakeholder involvement/knowledge in crafting policy solutions is important; and

(c) That incentive-based, private and voluntary programs are an attractive option in an environment lacking adequate institutions and traditions for the monitoring and enforcement of disincentive-based policies.

Web Link /doc/case-studies/inc/cs-inc-br-pantanal-en.pdf
Additional Information
Authors Andrew Seidl
Source Study is taken from UNEP (2000): Use of Incentive Measures for Conservation and Sustainable Use of Biodiversity.
Countries Brazil
Ecosystems Agricultural Biodiversity
Inland Waters Biodiversity
Regions Latin America and the Caribbean
Incentive Measures Indirect Incentives (property rights, market creation)
Negative Incentives (taxes, levies,...)
Positive Incentives (subsidies, tax breaks, ...)
Keywords Revenue sharing with communities
Market creation (organic production, tourism, ...)