Since 2014, we have worked to create a protected area of over 200,000 acres in the Sierra de Famatina, an outstandingly beautiful area in the central Argentinian Andes. This wilderness area has high mountains and deep valleys contains significant plant and animal biodiversity. It is also very scenic, with mountains covered in snow rising over 18,000 feet elevation, and montane forest and vegetation at their base. The national government is receptive to the idea of a national park for this area, as are the local communities.
However, conservation of the area has been threatened by active plans to mine gold in the Sierra de Famatina. We are working with the local communities to preserve the watershed and biodiversity values of the area, to demonstrate and enhance their economic potential, and to persuade politicians to establish a new Famatina National Park.