Natura International is dedicated to conserving rainforests and habitat in Latin America through bottom-up efforts led by local initiatives. We work with communities and governments, particularly at the state and regional level, to conserve land, protect watersheds and ecosystem services, and promote sustainable livelihoods in local communities linked to those efforts.
Our work seeks to preserve large areas of high conservation value that protect threatened species and ecosystems. Currently our efforts focus on Argentina, where our local staff seeks to create or assist the creation of several major protected areas described on this site.
Through this work, we aim to contribute to a world where the diversity of life thrives, and people act in balance with nature.
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In Argentina, Natura is focused on creating protected areas in four regions:
- In Salta province, to conserve the Chaco forest, the cloud forests and the Puna grasslands in areas of high value for the livelihoods of native communities.
- The Sierra de Famatina, crowned by glaciers that provide water to the communities of its valleys, is an area of spectacularly beautiful Andean ecosystems in La Rioja province, with a potential size of 225,000 hectares.
- The Mar Chiquita lagoon (northeastern end of the province of Córdoba) and the adjacent area of Bañados de Río Dulce (southeastern end of Santiago del Estero, Department of Rivadavia), form the largest wetland in Argentina. This wetland protects extraordinary concentrations of waterbirds and water resources, with a potential size of over 1 million hectares.
Action areas for conservation work:
- Binding work with local communities;
- Collaboration with authorities and organizations at local and national levels;
- Scientific field work to support our conservation programs.
In Argentina, Natura is also working on the identification of biological values in wild areas and areas without access routes. This is one way to protect key ecosystems. In addition, it is working closely with other conservation groups, including Aves Argentinas in its work in the protected areas of Traslasierra and Ansenuza in Córdoba.