There are several management categories for protected areas, ranging from strict categories, which only admit research and control and surveillance, to less strict categories, which admit the sustainable use of natural resources. There are different governance schemes for the areas, as they can be administered by governments at their different levels (municipal, provincial, national), such as by private owners, indigenous or local communities, universities, or they can be co-managed by some of these administrators.
The creation of a protected area offers significant benefits for the care of biodiversity and ecosystem services. A protected area can protect key portions of watersheds (such as aquifer capture and recharge sites), contributing to the care of water for consumption and productive use in surrounding areas; protect key links in food chains, assisting in biological pest control and/or naturally regulating the emergence of zoonotic diseases; and preserve landscapes and cultural-natural sites that serve for the enjoyment, recreation and spiritual connection of visitors and local people. The development of sustainable tourism and recreational activities in these areas provides opportunities for local and regional socio-economic development.
Natura International is dedicated to promoting the creation of new protected areas in areas where Argentina’s biodiversity is threatened.
We work together with local communities and municipal, provincial and national governments, articulating with local NGOs and the scientific sector to achieve these key conservation objectives. We are committed to expanding the network of protected areas, which represents an extraordinary opportunity for the Argentine people and the world of conservation.