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Environment > Wetlands of intl importance > Area: Countries Compared

Ian Graham, Staff Editor

Author: Ian Graham, Staff Editor

The Pantanal is the largest continental wetland in the world, covering 130,357 square kilometers in Brazil, Paraguay and Bolivia. Its 175 piranha-infested rivers are home to 10 million cayman crocodiles and 600,000 capybara, the world’s largest rodents. 50 species of reptiles, 190 mammal species including jaguar and howler monkeys, more than 1000 species of butterflies, and 658 bird species live in the area.

A UN report on the wetlands says 85 percent of the rich, fragile ecosystem could be wiped out if the earth’s temperature rises by three or four degrees Celsius.

The area is also under threat from industrial development. The region has some of the largest reserves of magnesium and iron ore in the world and the state’s governor is proposing the building of a steel mill and the fivefold increase of iron ore extraction.

DEFINITION: Wetlands of international importance 2002.

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# COUNTRY AMOUNT DATE GRAPH
1 Canada 13,052 thousand hectares 2002
2 Russia 10,324 thousand hectares 2002
3 Botswana 6,864 thousand hectares 2002
4 Peru 6,759 thousand hectares 2002
5 Brazil 6,346 thousand hectares 2002
6 Bolivia 5,504 thousand hectares 2002
7 Guinea 4,779 thousand hectares 2002
8 Argentina 2,670 thousand hectares 2002
9 China 2,548 thousand hectares 2002
Group of 7 countries (G7) average (profile) 2,408.86 thousand hectares 2002
10 Denmark 2,283 thousand hectares 2002
11 Algeria 1,866 thousand hectares 2002
12 Chad 1,843 thousand hectares 2002
Non-religious countries average (profile) 1,613.82 thousand hectares 2002
Emerging markets average (profile) 1,366.48 thousand hectares 2002
13 Mauritania 1,231 thousand hectares 2002
14 United States 1,190 thousand hectares 2002
Former Spanish colonies average (profile) 1,182.47 thousand hectares 2002
15 Mexico 1,157 thousand hectares 2002
16 Gabon 1,080 thousand hectares 2002
17 United Kingdom 855 thousand hectares 2002
18 Germany 829 thousand hectares 2002
19 France 795 thousand hectares 2002
NATO countries average (profile) 780.15 thousand hectares 2002
20 Paraguay 775 thousand hectares 2002
High income OECD countries average (profile) 763.18 thousand hectares 2002
21 Ukraine 716 thousand hectares 2002
22 Niger 715 thousand hectares 2002
23 Romania 665 thousand hectares 2002
24 Mongolia 631 thousand hectares 2002
25 Namibia 630 thousand hectares 2002
26 Bangladesh 606 thousand hectares 2002
27 Papua New Guinea 595 thousand hectares 2002
28 Sweden 515 thousand hectares 2002
29 Guatemala 503 thousand hectares 2002
30 South Africa 499 thousand hectares 2002
31 Armenia 492 thousand hectares 2002
32 Cuba 452 thousand hectares 2002
=33 Colombia 439 thousand hectares 2002
=33 Democratic Republic of the Congo 439 thousand hectares 2002
35 Uruguay 407 thousand hectares 2002
36 Nicaragua 406 thousand hectares 2002
37 Zambia 333 thousand hectares 2002
38 Netherlands 327 thousand hectares 2002
39 Costa Rica 313 thousand hectares 2002
European Union average (profile) 310.52 thousand hectares 2002
40 Burkina Faso 299 thousand hectares 2002
41 Sierra Leone 295 thousand hectares 2002
42 Pakistan 284 thousand hectares 2002
43 Venezuela 264 thousand hectares 2002
44 Indonesia 243 thousand hectares 2002
45 Malawi 225 thousand hectares 2002
46 Estonia 216 thousand hectares 2002
47 Belarus 204 thousand hectares 2002
Eurozone average (profile) 201.73 thousand hectares 2002
48 India 195 thousand hectares 2002
49 Togo 194 thousand hectares 2002
50 Ghana 178 thousand hectares 2002
51 Honduras 172 thousand hectares 2002
52 Greece 164 thousand hectares 2002
53 Mali 162 thousand hectares 2002
54 Turkey 159 thousand hectares 2002
55 Spain 158 thousand hectares 2002
56 Hungary 154 thousand hectares 2002
=57 Finland 139 thousand hectares 2002
=57 Benin 139 thousand hectares 2002
59 Thailand 132 thousand hectares 2002
60 Austria 118 thousand hectares 2002
61 Panama 111 thousand hectares 2002
62 Egypt 106 thousand hectares 2002
=63 Senegal 100 thousand hectares 2002
=63 Azerbaijan 100 thousand hectares 2002
=63 Chile 100 thousand hectares 2002
66 Tajikistan 95 thousand hectares 2002
67 Kenya 91 thousand hectares 2002
68 Poland 90 thousand hectares 2002
69 Japan 84 thousand hectares 2002
70 Croatia 80 thousand hectares 2002
71 Norway 70 thousand hectares 2002
72 Philippines 68 thousand hectares 2002
73 Ireland 67 thousand hectares 2002
74 Portugal 66 thousand hectares 2002
75 Iceland 59 thousand hectares 2002
76 Nigeria 58 thousand hectares 2002
77 Italy 57 thousand hectares 2002
78 Cambodia 55 thousand hectares 2002
79 Madagascar 53 thousand hectares 2002
80 Lithuania 50 thousand hectares 2002
81 Latvia 43 thousand hectares 2002
82 Czech Republic 42 thousand hectares 2002
83 Serbia and Montenegro 40 thousand hectares 2002
=84 New Zealand 39 thousand hectares 2002
=84 Guinea-Bissau 39 thousand hectares 2002
=86 Slovakia 38 thousand hectares 2002
=86 Malaysia 38 thousand hectares 2002
88 Georgia 34 thousand hectares 2002
=89 The Gambia 20 thousand hectares 2002
=89 Albania 20 thousand hectares 2002
=91 Republic of Macedonia 19 thousand hectares 2002
=91 Cote d'Ivoire 19 thousand hectares 2002
93 Nepal 18 thousand hectares 2002
94 Uganda 15 thousand hectares 2002
95 Morocco 14 thousand hectares 2002
96 Tunisia 13 thousand hectares 2002
=97 Suriname 12 thousand hectares 2002
=97 Vietnam 12 thousand hectares 2002
=99 Belgium 8 thousand hectares 2002
=99 Sri Lanka 8 thousand hectares 2002
=101 Bosnia and Herzegovina 7 thousand hectares 2002
=101 Belize 7 thousand hectares 2002
=101 Jordan 7 thousand hectares 2002
=101 Switzerland 7 thousand hectares 2002
=105 Trinidad and Tobago 6 thousand hectares 2002
=105 Jamaica 6 thousand hectares 2002
107 Bulgaria 3 thousand hectares 2002
108 El Salvador 2 thousand hectares 2002
=109 Lebanon 1 thousand hectares 2002
=109 Slovenia 1 thousand hectares 2002
=109 Burundi 1 thousand hectares 2002
112 Israel 0.0 2002

Citation

"Countries Compared by Environment > Wetlands of intl importance > Area. International Statistics at NationMaster.com", World Resources Institute. Aggregates compiled by NationMaster. Retrieved from http://www.nationmaster.com/country-info/stats/Environment/Wetlands-of-intl-importance/Area

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The Pantanal is the largest continental wetland in the world, covering 130,357 square kilometers in Brazil, Paraguay and Bolivia. Its 175 piranha-infested rivers are home to 10 million cayman crocodiles and 600,000 capybara, the world’s largest rodents. 50 species of reptiles, 190 mammal species including jaguar and howler monkeys, more than 1000 species of butterflies, and 658 bird species live in the area.

A UN report on the wetlands says 85 percent of the rich, fragile ecosystem could be wiped out if the earth’s temperature rises by three or four degrees Celsius.

The area is also under threat from industrial development. The region has some of the largest reserves of magnesium and iron ore in the world and the state’s governor is proposing the building of a steel mill and the fivefold increase of iron ore extraction.

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Ian Graham, Staff Editor

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A big oversight here - where's Australia? An entire continent has been left out.

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