The Journey of Water was created by the WWF network to connect people and nature through freshwater with the key message that ‘water doesn’t come from a tap’. It was first led by WWF-South Africa, and has also been delivered by WWF-Zambia – WWF-Brazil is the third country office to host the expedition.
Brazil’s Journey of Water is a four day event (5-8 March 2018) led by WWF-Brazil, taking place along a stretch of the Pantanal river basin, on the Paraguay river. 25 people in total are participating in the expedition, ranging from Brazilian politicians such as representatives of the Ministry of Environment, the National Water Agency representatives of the government of Mato Grosso and Mato Grosso do Sul, a representative for the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, mayors from the Pact region, YouTubers, national celebrities, artists, singers and media. The Journey of Water begins in Cuiabá with participants arriving on Sunday 4 March 2018, and setting off on Monday 5 March, from where they will travel to Cáceres, the Sepotuba river falls, Jauru river, and the Taiamã Ecological Station throughout the four days, ending back in Cuiabá on Thursday 8 March 2018.
The expedition will comprise of walks along the river, listening to talks, and getting involved in activities – all with the aim of raising awareness about the fact that water doesn’t come from a tap. The two key objectives of the Journey of Water are to raise awareness of the importance of this precious freshwater habitat for the people and nature which depend on it, and to reinforce the message that ‘water doesn’t come from a tap’ but from freshwater sources, such as river basins and therefore encourage the fact that collectively, we need to protect them.
The journey covers three key themes:
Dependency & water cycle of the wetland: the quantity and quality of water is fundamental to the wetland - from its sources to the plain, the water of the rivers of the Pantanal serves several purposes: they feed the agricultural production in the headwaters, feed the cities, feed and recycle the Pantanal Planice.
Life on the plains, life on the plateau: relationship between high and low, springs and plan, occupation dynamics who produces and what produces, and how this production effects the use of water, acts to protect it.
Challenges and solutions & work to protect the Pantanal’s rivers: discussing the initiatives, and community organisations that have been working on wetland conservation, but acknowledging that the challenge is enormous.
We'll be sharing further updates from the journey soon, with images and video content to follow in the coming weeks.
Follow the journey: https://www.jornadadaagua.org/
American photographer Mustafah Abdulaziz presents images from an ongoing study of the global water crisis