Natura International began operating in 2018 and our primary focus is on the creation of large protected areas to conserve critically endangered ecosystems and biodiversity. We do this by working closely with the governments involved as well as local communities, to create a shared vision that includes both conservation and sustainable development
Our founder, Byron Swift, is a conservation leader who directed the IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) office in the United States, founded and directed Rainforest Trust for 20 years, and Nature and Culture International for 17 years. His experience in conservation and sustainable development programs spans 12 Latin American countries over the past three decades.
Our Argentina team is based in Córdoba. This group has been working on conservation in northwestern Argentina since 2014, when it became part of Pacific Biodiversity Institute (PBI), an NGO with 20 years of experience in ecology and conservation. Under PBI’s “Wildlands and Biodiversity of South America” program, the team began working in the Sierras de Famatina in the province of La Rioja, first doing technical and scientific work and then promoting a protection strategy for this significant and biodiverse area. We grew and expanded our work by collaborating with various partners, local communities and government agencies. When PBI ceased operations in 2018, the Córdoba staff joined Natura International.
The team works intensively in several provinces of Argentina under the leadership of biologist Lucila Castro, who has more than ten years of conservation experience with projects in different regions of Argentina and training in various parts of the world.
You can learn more about our current projects here.
Natura International participated in the Nation’s Chamber of Deputies Commission on Natural Resources and Human Environment Conservation Commission hearing on the future Ansenuza National Park and its importance for flamingos and migratory and resident waterbirds.