Natura International

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 efforts focus in Bolivia, where Natura Bolivia has created over 1 million acres of protected areas and are working to create several million acres more, and in Argentina where Natura Argentina is working to create or assist in the creation of several major protected areas.

Bolivia

Natura Bolivia is a Bolivian non-profit with 50 staff based in its Santa Cruz, Camiri, Vallegrande and La Paz offices. It works on the ground in five Departments that stretch over half of Bolivia: Chuquisaca, Cochabamba, La Paz, Santa Cruz and Tarija. Natura works from the ground up to develop land conservation programs with communities and local and regional governments. One of its programs, typically the initial program in most areas, is to conserve watershed forests that directly benefit communities through increased water quality and quantity. This program now covers 15% of Bolivian municipalities and benefits 250,000 people while conserving 250,000 ha of cloud forests.
 

Natura Bolivia has also developed expertise in the creation of large protected areas, and in the past few years has worked with communities and municipalities to create 1.5 million acres of new protected areas and almost 2 million additional acres in integrally managed areas. Natura Bolivia is now working with these municipalities to build management capacity and sustainable financing systems for these areas, as well as creating new areas.

Contact: Nigel Asquith 
nigelasquith@naturainternational.org

Argentina

In Argentina, Natura International is composed of a team of five professionals based in the city of Córdoba, in Cordoba province. Natura Argentina is focusing its work on the creation of major protected areas in two regions:
 
  • the Sierra of Famatina, an area of charismatic Andean ecosystems in La Rioja province, with a potential size of 90,000 hectares;
  • The Ansenuza lake (Mar Chiquita) and associated wetlands, which harbors extraordinary concentrations of water birds and aquatic resources, with a potential size of 600,000 ha.
 
Our ethic is one of bottom-up conservation that emphasizes:
1) intense work with local communities;
2) interactions with authorities and organizations at local and national levels; and
3) conducting the scientific fieldwork to support our conservation programs.
 
In Argentina Natura also works on identifying the biological values of wildlands and roadless areas as a basis for protecting key ecosystems, and works closely with other conservation groups, including Aves Argentinas in its effort to support the government in creating the Traslasierras and Ansenuza protected areas in Cordoba.
 
Contact: Lucila Castro