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Why did the wetlands of the Argentine coast become protagonists of countless hashtags on social networks? In this note we explain everything.
Fires on the islands of the Paraná River continue to grow. Every day, it is possible to visualize a new focus from various cities and banks. The first fires began in February and since then spread indiscriminately . The magnitude is such that the National Fire Management Service reported that currently the affected area reaches about 90 thousand hectares . Meanwhile, wetlands struggle to resist and their lungs have no respite .
The landscape is horrifying and bleak . In the distance, the lights coming from the flames illuminate the water and the red color burns so much that it hurts. The smell was adapted to the smell of smoke and the reduced visibility makes it impossible to distinguish between astigmatism and human evil. I wish it were special effects, but the situation is even worse in the vicinity. Birds and mammals are displaced and cornered by fire. Dead capychos, cremated snakes and otters on the coast trying to escape to survive.
Wetlands are sites of great biodiversity that, permanently or intermittently, are covered with water. They are responsible for storing 30 percent of Earth's carbon and account for 6 percent of the planet's surface. Among its great contributions, we can affirm that they are spaces in which sediments and nutrients are retained. They also help mitigate climate change and sustain more than 100,000 species of animals and insects .
In Argentina there are approximately 600,000 km2 of these areas, representing 21.5 per cent of the national territory. Examples of these include the Esteros del Iberá (Corrientes) and the Delta del Paraná (Santa Fe, Entre Ríos and Buenos Aires). There are also Laguna de los Pozuelos and Salinas Grandes (Jujuy), among others.
Decades ago, wetlands were classified as marginal or worthless places. However, as their economic potential was revealed, they began to become highly threatened ecosystems . In this way, commercial agriculture projects and livestock enterprises multiplied along its surface. However, there is no regulatory framework in the country that controls such activities and applies appropriate sanctions if necessary.
In 2012 , a process was initiated to promote a first bill on minimum budgets for their protection and rational and sustainable use. Since then, various legislators, NGOs and universities have worked together to secure final approval. Under this line, between 2013 and 2016 the debate came to take parliamentary status and the problem settled on the agenda. Although the initiatives presented won votes in the Senate twice, they did not succeed in deputies. The reasons? The pressure from the business lobby was stronger.
At present , there are various proposals going round. Although the novelty is that the lower house started discussing one in particular this Wednesday. It is authored by the MP for the Front de Todos Leonardo Grosso , and establishes fines of up to 840 million pesos . It also defines the burning of these sites as a criminal offence punishable by six years' imprisonment. The exhibition took place in the commission of Natural Resources and Conservation of the Human Environment and was the first of four meetings.
While the demands were echoing in the legislature, on Twitter the hashtag #LeyDeHumedalesYa became trendic topic. The same happened on other platforms such as Facebook or Instagram, the latter being the most chosen to graph with images what has been happening. In this way, social struggle took on relevance both face-to-face and virtual simultaneously. In fact, during the last time there have been marches, both in the towns of Victoria and Rosario , in search of answers. Thus, the bridge that unites the two populations also became a participant, sending a more than clear message of defense and popular will .
Publication Date: 01/08/2020
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