Natura International has a unique opportunity to help the government of Salta create provincial protected areas in landscapes of priority for conservation. These areas potentially cover more than a million acres, and would protect rich cloud forests and Chaco forests of the region and extend to high puna grasslands above 14,000 feet in altitude.
These areas contain many species of conservation interest, including endangered species such as the Taruca deer and the Andean Condor (both natural national symbols of Argentina) and endemics such as the Chacoan peccary and the Quebracho Crested-Tinamou. Many of these areas are also important for human needs, as they protect the upper reaches of the watershed that provide drinking water to downstream communities, or protect indigenous lands.
Each area would be designated through a participatory and collaborative process that involves indigenous peoples and other inhabitants as the main stakeholders, local NGOs, universities and municipalities.