International Exposition of Zaragoza 2008 - Expo 2008

Water and sustainable development

June 14, 2008 - September 14, 2008


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Uruguay

Uruguay at the Exhibition Expo Zaragoza 2008

© Philippe Lemaire

In Uruguay, rivers, streams, valleys. Marshes and lagoons form a Hydrographic Network full of life. that capriciously models the landscape. The National System of Protected Areas integrates different areas dedicated to the protection and conservation of the diversity of life, ecosystems and watersheds, ensuring water quality and quantity. Water management presents a particular challenge as the three main basins of Uruguay must incorporate the administration of water bodies shared with Brazil and Argentina.
During the exhibition, visitors will get to know the Uruguay River basin, which originates in Brazil and flows south, delimiting the border between Argentina and Uruguay. You will also get to know the estuaries of Farrapos and the islands of the Uruguay River. On the eastern bank of the river there are estuaries, islands and islets that flood during high water, exposing themselves during low water periods. This wetland is particularly important for the natural functioning of the basin: it controls your floods and prevents riverbank erosion; it is home to a quarter of all birds and 14% of the country's mammals. The Uruguayan government takes care of this ecosystem. Along with this, you will find information on the Guarani aquifer, the largest groundwater reserve in the world, an area larger than Spain, France and Portugal combined.

© Exposicion International Zaragoza 2008