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Mario Abdo Benítez

Climate warning

This mega-highway threatens South America’s second-largest forest

The Gran Chaco, South America’s second-largest forest, is already one of the world's most threatened ecosystems, so it would make sense to try to protect it at all costs. But well, unfortunately, it doesn't seem to be the priority... As it wasn't enough to destroy a fifth of this semiarid lowland area (and its biodiversity) to replace it with croplands and cattle ranches, they now decided to build the Bioceanic Corridor, a mega-highway that cuts through the Chaco to connect Chile and Brazil via Argentina and Paraguay.
Image by Martin Katz/Greenpeace
Image by Martin Katz/Greenpeace


The Gran Chaco is a mix of savannas and wetlands that crosses Argentina, Paraguay, Bolivia and Brazil. It is one of the most biodiverse regions on Earth, home to 3,400 plant species, almost 500 bird species, 150 mammal species, 297 reptilian and 186 amphibian species. But it is also disappearing faster than any other forest in the world. Since 1985, a fifth of Chaco’s forest has been cut down, and the rate of deforestation has accelerated in recent years.
The 2,290-kilometer Bioceanic Corridor mega-highway poses one more threat to this vulnerable ecosystem. Beginning on Chile’s Pacific Ocean coast before winding east across the Gran Chaco in Argentina and Paraguay and finishing in the state of Mato Grosso do Sul, it aims to boost the economy and strengthen trade links. But it also puts a threat to local wildlife populations and people. The highway will lead to a surge in deforestation and an increase in the number of vehicle collisions, putting both people and wildlife at risk.
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So this climate warning is for all governments and companies involved!
What has been implemented or will be implemented to reduce the environmental impacts of this project?
Read more:
https://news.mongabay.com/2023/06/a-mega-highway-threatens-south-americas-vulnerable-gran-chaco/



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  • Edwin wangombe

    56 w

    Big shame

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    • Edwin wangombe

      56 w

      Some projects are not necessary we can live without a big exaggerated road but we can't live without oxygen

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    • Tabitha Kimani

      56 w

      This leaders are so inconsiderate.

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      • monicah mbesu

        56 w

        Immediate actions should be taken towards this

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        • ance Star

          56 w

          Forest is more important than highway..it is very shocking 😱😱

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          • Munene Mugambi

            56 w

            Nooo, this should not be built

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            • Brandon Creek

              56 w

              Only in unity by the watchful world can abominations be avoided

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              • Joseph Githinji

                56 w

                This is absurd, development that threaten biodiversity should be discouraged at all cost.

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                • Elizabeth Gathigia

                  56 w

                  This is really a wrong decision,

                  4
                  • Ann Nyambura

                    56 w

                    This will lead to habitat destruction contributing to the loss of biodiversity which is unacceptable!

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                    • Markus Lutteman

                      56 w

                      Mega-bad decision.

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                      • Ajema Lydiah

                        56 w

                        where is the former highway and why have they stopped using it

                        3
                        • Marine Stephan

                          56 w

                          @ajema_lydiah There was no highway before, trucks and cars needed to go around the area and couldn't cross the Gran Chaco

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                        • ance Star

                          56 w

                          Forest is more important than the highway!!!

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                          • Sarah Chabane

                            56 w

                            What... this is unacceptable!

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