The ParksWatch-Southern Cone program
was started in September 2004 with financial support from the Foundation
for Deep Ecology (FDE) and matching funds from the Republic of Argentina.
Our local partner is the Institute for the Analysis of Natural Resources (IARN)
of the Universidad Atlántida Argentina.
Although the scope of this program encompasses
all protected areas of Argentina, Chile, Paraguay, and Uruguay, the first phase
of its implementation will take place in Argentina, starting with the evaluation
of the Lanín, Nahuel Huapi, Lago Puelo, and Los Alerces National Parks.
The program in general is aimed at strengthening protected area management and
providing support in the consolidation of transboundary PA corridors between
Argentina and its neighbors, as well as assisting park administrations in their
The specific objectives of ParksWatch-Southern Cone are, among others:
a) The development of baseline studies on the conservation
and threat status of protected areas, leading to the publication of objective
and independent reports (park profiles).
b) The creation of a national database on protected areas and
the development of a web-based geographic information system.
c) The identification of scientific research needs within protected
areas. A list of priority needs will be produced for each protected area that
will be taken to academic and donor institutions nationally and internationally
in search of partnerships to fill those needs.
d) The organization of teaching classes, workshops and symposia
to build capacity in protected area management and to promote collaboration
between scientists, NGOs, local communities, business and government in conservation
ParksWatch-Southern Cone is under the direction of Dr. Adrian
| PW-Southern Cone
(7600) Mar del Plata
491-2475 / 491-2287 /
Fax: (+54-223) 491-5400