Bolivian wildfires have destroyed over 23,500 square kilometres of wetlands, forest and grassland.
This equates to almost a 12% loss of the Pantanal area. The Pantanal sits at the southern edge of the Amazon rainforest, stretching from Brazil into Bolivia and Paraguay. Almost half of the areas lost to fires are protected areas, known for high biodiversity.
Scientists at the College of Biologists in La Paz estimate that regeneration of the local ecosystem could take around 300 years.