Abstract This report presents the extraordinary challenge now being faced by a set of three forward-looking municipal environmental officials whose city sits in the heart of the largest and most biologically diverse wetlands system in the worldthe Pantanal. A gas pipeline starting in Bolivia, destined for a currently energy-starved Brazil, and entering the country directly through their city means cheap gas prices and sudden, rapid and imminent industrial development. The City is Corumbá.
This report presents the concerns of these three decision-makers and their proposed policy solution. It provides in-depth analysis of the needs, constraints, and opportunities that must shape their ultimate policy decision. The analysis also tests the theory behind their proposed solution. Ultimately, the report provides a concrete strategy for what policy steps they can and should take in the immediate and more distant future.