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Protected areas are one of the key conservation actions at a local, regional and global level as they keep representative samples of ecosystems, preserving the natural and cultural heritage level. It is for this reason that through this program we protect and maintain biological and cultural diversity through the management, operation and the creation and / or expansion of protected natural areas.

Natural habitats of our country dropped dramatically...

Argentina is one of the countries with the greatest variety of eco-regions of the world; however, the biological diversity of our country has declined in several regions due to the rapid reduction of natural habitats. The main problems are:

• Deforestation for timber and tobacco industry: our country has suffered one of the most intense deforestation processes in its history. In 1940 it had more than 2 hectares of native forest per person and today this value is less than 1 ha.

• Land conversion to monocultures and poor soil management: from the early twentieth century to the 80s the surface of our country cultivation doubled. Monocultures originate environmental problems at different scales and agro-ecological imbalances such as the loss of the productivity capacity of soils.

• Ranching: Today about 20% of our country's grasslands is degraded through the overgrazing of herds, compaction, soil erosion and desertification.

• Unplanned urban growth: we live in an increasingly urbanized world and in our country 89% of the population lives in cities. The developments moving on natural environments also generate increases in household waste, industrial waste, among other forms of pollution.

• Little control in private territories: much of the surface of our country still keeps wildlife in the hands of private owners. In many cases there is a lack of control over the management of resources in these areas and the owners know the value of native species, which threatens the conservation of unique habitats for Argentina.

Today Argentina has less than 8% (214,969 square kilometers) of protected land area. At the same time, only 20% of these protected areas are in an acceptable level of management, while 57% have no implementation level.

If urgent measures are not taken, there will be an irreversible reduction in critical conditions of our biodiversity and the quality of life of people and nature.

One of the solutions to preserve the environment of our country is through the creation of new protected areas and the efficient management of existing ones.

It's important to have protected areas because:

• They maintain representative samples of habitats, preserving the natural and cultural heritage.
• They ensure that ecological processes continue to provide important ecosystem services such as oxygen production, absorption of carbon dioxide and other natural cycles.
• They maintain the richness of species at risk of conservation or with high degree of endemism.
• They encourage economic, cultural, social and ecologically sustainable local development through tourism development, training and environmental education.
• They are areas for scientific research.

Our work on Protected Areas
We work in preserving natural habitats of our country through:
• The creation of new protected areas:
• We foster agreements, arrangements and partnerships with businesses, governments and private landowners to increase the size of regulated areas in the country, declaring private reserves or through the donation of land and the incorporation of territories in the provincial system of protected areas.
• Through an agreement with the Ministry of Ecology Renewable Natural Resources and Tourism of Missiones we obtained the statement of the Osununú Private Reserve.

Support in the management of protected areas:
• We give advice and coordinate the design of management plans to prevent, mitigate and control potential negative environmental effects or impacts in protected areas. The adoption and implementation of these plans are carried out by government agencies in each country.
• Since 2005, we carry out work agreements with the Ministry of Ecology, Renewable Natural Resources and Tourism of Misiones, for collaboration in the conservation of the provincial parks Cruce Caballero and Araucaria, through educational workshops for the local community, training for government agents and rangers, diffusion of the problems of conservation, research, survey of species and the management of the use of buffer zones in these areas.
We carry out all our actions in partnership with different sectors of society for the conservation impact to be greater. We work with government agencies, NGOs, universities, rehabilitation centers, researchers at national and international levels, private landowners, businesses and members of local communities.

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