WWF Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety

Documentary film ParLU Project (Paraguay Land Use)


Protecting forest for the benefit of climate, people, and nature in Paraguay (ParLu) is a four-year project implemented by WWF-Paraguay, supported by WWF-Germany and funded by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB). This project seeks the integration between human activities and forest conservation. Its primary mission is the design and development of measures for integration within the REDD+ focus (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation), with an adaptable approach for various political, social and economic factors, promoting pilot projects in the Atlantic Forest and the Pantanal, and also supporting the scheme of payments for environmental services.

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We have reached the limit. We must return.

WWF Paraguay works towards the conservation of natural resources in Paraguay driving the campaign “A Country After the Rain.”

The Augusto Roa Bastos Foundation and the filmmakers Tana Schembori and Juan Carlos Maneglia, joined the challenge to achieve a national commitment to the environmental crisis.

 “A Country After the Rain”

In order to implement a real commitment at the country level on environmental issues, bearing in mind the position that Paraguay should assume in the Conference of the Parties (COP) to be held in Lima, Peru in December this year, we base the campaign on posthumous work of the famous writer Augusto Roa Bastos “Ecology and Culture” in which he describes himself as defender of natural resources:

“I am opposed to this sort of collective suicide that we are practicing with the destruction of nature. I object to this as a human being.”

This campaign WWF brings Roa Bastos to life, the environmentalist Roa, through the magic of cinema in a new production with fragments of stories and claims of the writer, supported by scientific data that the WWF technical team collects every year.

We have already lost 90% of the forests in the Eastern Region

Because of indiscriminate deforestation in Paraguay, 90% of forest cover has been lost in the Eastern Region, i.e. 20 trees are lost every 10 seconds. In the period from December 2013 to August 2014, an area that amounts to 11,714 hectares was cleared, while in the whole of 2013, a total of 43,188 hectares were cleared in the eastern region.

In addition, a deforestation rate of 280,000 hectares per year was reported in the Chaco. Because of this deforestation, Paraguay has been named as the country with the highest rate of deforestation in the world by Science journal.

Urges the State’s commitment

This initiative includes various actions together with allied institutions, companies, government agencies, among others.

– Support for the fashion show “Dress Asuncion” was held in the Plaza Uruguaya

– Photographic Exhibition of students from the American University in the Bicentennial of the House of Literature “Augusto Roa Bastos”

– Photo Competition in conjunction with the La Obra Fotógrafos

– Supporting literature contest of the Augusto Roa Bastos Foundation

– Environmental Conversation with students of the National University of Asuncion

– Bike rides

Campaign period

The launch was on October 15, 2014 and activities ran until March 28, 2015, ending in the great event called Earth Hour.

Spots “A country after the rain”

Spot 1 – Forest

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Spot 2 – A child in the forest

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Spot 3 – Animation

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Radio spots

Climate Change’s Poster


Click here to see the posters on Climate Change of WWF Paraguay and WWF Germany.