NGO founded: 2000
Partnership formed: 2012
Organisation aim: Fundación Biodiversidad-Argentina's mission is to promote, carry out and disseminate research, education and communication related to the conservation of the Argentina's biodiversity and to safeguard the country's natural resources.
Biodiversidad was established in 2000, as a result of the enthusiasm and willingness of people who share the same views on how to face the challenges of biodiversity conservation and sustainable development. Its staff are qualified professionals with a range of skills in wildlife management and ecosystem conservation and the organisation is recognised both nationally and internationally for its expertise.
Partnership with WLT
Biodiversidad submitted a proposal for land purchase to WLT in 2011 and John Burton (WLT CEO) visited the proposed area later that year. Although this project did not go ahead, WLT and Biodiversidad remained in close contact. In 2012, WLT contacted Biodiversidad for their expertise on management plan development and this led to Biodiversidad becoming an official WLT programme partner. Their first collaborative project with WLT will be to write a conservation plan for the Emerald Green Corridor, Misiones.
Projects with WLT
Emerald Green Corridor, Misiones
In April 2012, a Multicultural Agreement was reached with three Guaraní communities, their neighbours and the government, settling over 16 years of dispute over the future of their shared land in Misiones, in north-eastern Argentina.
The Multicultural Agreement will see 9,301 acres (3,764 hectares) of Atlantic Rainforest designated as a protected nature reserve, the Emerald Green Corridor, managed for conservation by WLT partner organisations Biodiversidad and Fundación Naturaleza para el Futuro (FuNaFu).
Biodiversidad are working with the indigenous Guaraní within the corridor to establish a conservation management plan that will ensure the future protection of this biodiverse but threatened area.
Other projects and activities
- Working with local communities to successfully develop a management plan for sustainable use of the Yellow Anaconda;
- Regulating the trade and promoting sustainable use of the hardwood species Bulnesia sarmientoi;
- Promoting the sustainable use of llama, Alpaca, Guanaco and Vicúna through the Camelid Programme;
- Management of 4,500 hectares of Yungus forest as a private nature reserve;
- Training for people on biodiversity management, creating links between different public bodies and institutions;
- Education and awareness raising campaigns, such as preventing the Ayui Dam construction and Project BIO that links art and environmental education.
President: Obdulio Menghi
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