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Paraguay - Expo Zaragoza 2008

Paraguay at the Exhibition Expo Zaragoza 2008
© Philippe Lemaire

Paraguay has the world's largest underground water reserve in its bowels: the Guarani aquifer. It takes its name from the river that divides its territory into two distinct ecological regions: the dry forest of El Chaco, and El Pantanal, the largest swamp on the planet. But among its most precious natural resources, and at the same time the most threatened in the world, is the Atlantic forest of the Alto Parana, of which only 7% remains. The conservation of this forest is crucial for drinking water, irrigation, soil conservation and the quality of life of millions of people. Paraguay aims to make visitors aware of the importance of preserving this ecosystem for the country and the planet through information panels. It also presents an area considered a priority by the Paraguayan government and by all of Latin America: the Mbaracayu forest, which has a unique ecological value and the greatest animal diversity in the country. Finally, it shows Zaragoza the largest forest reserve in the country, San Rafael, which involves resource management. This area contains abundant energy reserves and has incalculable scientific and medicinal value, which is still preserved thanks to a unique initiative.

© Exposicion International Zaragoza 2008