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The historic downside of the Paraná

The river suffers its steepest downstream of the last 50 years. Controversy around fishing and millionaire calculations in agricultural losses.

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While we have all been on the coronavirus for months now, nature has been suffering phenomena that can leave us as devastating consequences as the pandemic. The Paraná River basin is being seriously affected by the largest decline recorded in the last 50 years .

In some sections of its extensive route, the aerial image that returns the river is bleak and worrisome. Voluminous watercourses no longer receive significant contributions from the precipitation and make way for sand, silt and clays that settle and emerge to the surface, reducing their usual places of passage.

Downstairs and floods are processes natural and cyclical in any river system, but they are transformed into news when the parameters are exceeded normal.

From July 2019 to March 2020, monthly precipitation values in Santa Fe have generally been below the monthly averages for the last 10 years. The same situation has also occurred in north-eastern Argentina and in the Brazilian basins of the Paraná River and the Iguazú River.

Impact on the economy

Precisely the densest part of the Argentine agroindustrial sector has its development in the geographical area of the Paraná basin . The entrepreneur who decides to devote himself to the agricultural activity knows that he is in a riskyarea. Multiple factors can influence an economic crisis in the sector. But junctions like this extreme downturn make the losses can be multimillionaires. This can decent, as a chain process, in strong impacts also on the domestic economy .

As far as the fishing sector is concerned, the downturn is giving rise to a controversy with the Santafesino government. While other provinces, such as Misiones, Chaco and Corrientes, restricted fishing because of the devastating predation that this phenomenon is causing, the provincial authorities of Santa Fe refuse to decree the ban. Environmentalists and industry leaders argue that the pressure on the resource becomes unsustainable under the current conditions presented by Paraná.

The dessert cherry: far from boasting good news, climatologists warn that the upcoming precipitation in the region and high basins will not be abundant, so the downhill could deepen.

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Publication Date: 12/05/2020

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