NGO founded: 2000
Partnership formed: 2012
Organisation aim: The mission of Fundación Biodiversidad-Argentina (FBA) 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.
FBA 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. The organisation is recognised both nationally and internationally for its expertise.
Partnership with WLT
FBA submitted a proposal for land purchase to WLT in 2011 and John Burton (WLT Chief Executive) visited the proposed area later that year. Although this project did not go ahead, WLT and FBA remained in close contact. In 2012, WLT contacted FBA for advice on developing a management plan, which led to FBA becoming an official WLT programme partner. FBA’s first collaborative project with WLT involved writing a conservation plan for the Emerald Green Corridor, Misiones, and FBA is continuing to support conservation activities in Misiones.
In 2014 FBA advised WLT that a property in the Yungas forest of northern Argentina had come on the market. The property, El Pantanoso, is strategically important because it forms a corridor between Calilegua National Park to its south and Estancia Urundel, a large tract of contiguous forest to its north. Since then WLT has been raising funds to purchase and protect El Pantanoso in partnership with FBA.
This video of Obdulio Menghi, President of FBA, was recorded during WLT’s 25th Anniversary Partners Symposium in May 2014 at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
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 16 years of dispute over the future of their shared land in Misiones, in north-eastern Argentina.
As a result of the Multicultural Agreement 9,301 acres (3,764 hectares) of Atlantic Rainforest have been designated as a protected nature reserve named the Emerald Green Corridor. The reserve is managed for conservation by WLT partner organisations FBA and Fundación Naturaleza para el Futuro (FuNaFu).
FBA is 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.
El Pantanoso, Jujuy
Since 2014 WLT has been working in partnership with FBA to develop the Pantanoso project, raise funds and put in place a conservation programme for the property.
El Pantanoso measures more than 10,000 acres (4,400 hectares). It is situated in the Southern Andean Yungas ecoregion, an area of humid forest which stretches from south western Bolivia to north western Argentina. Importantly, El Pantanoso has been protected from logging and incursion for the past 35 years.
In order to ensure income for the long term protection of the property and the support of the local community, FBA is planning a conservation programme that will encourage small scale enterprise and job creation in research, ecotourism and eco volunteering. FBA also proposes to form a partnership with Calilegua National Park to secure ranger patrols in addition to WLT’s support for a Keeper of the Wild at El Pantanoso.
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 Yungas 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
Suipacha 1311, Piso 3