PATAGONIA PARK ARGENTINA
Protecting and Rewilding 180,000 ha of former farmland into a wildlife corridor.
We’re reshaping how the wild, public policy, carbon emissions, people and their livelihoods all define environmental responsibility and national parks. 100 years of poor farming practices and overgrazing has decimated Patagonia’s natural flora and fauna into the brink of extinction.
The new Patagonia Park will encompase a protected wildlife cooridor stretching 180,000 ha from Cañadón Rio Pinturas in Perito Moreno to Asunción on the border of Chile.
Our project partner at The Wyss Foundation was responsible for purchasing 128,000 ha of farmland and donating it into constitutionally protected public land. From there, our grantee, Rewilding Argentina is directing the rewilding program, park management and communications.
We are implementing the public use infrastructure: trails, campgrounds, climbing routes, signs, etc and a youth outdoor program. Together we are building the park plan, involving local community, creating jobs and sequestering carbon.
Land Conservation can deliver 37% of the carbon mitigation needed by 2030. Patagonia Park has sequestered 1.3 million metric tons.
This project is run in two parts:
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- Rewilding 14 highligh at-risk or extinct animal species: Pumas, Huemels, Chinchillons and Rails
- Converting former farmland into wild-life corridors
- Supporting and building conservation related local businesses
- Community driven socio-economic opportunities and jobs
- Political advocacy work around constitutional park protections
- Local and national branding and marketing
- Park management
- Designing the Infrastructure Park Master Plan
- Designing and building 100km of hiking and walking trails
- Developing 3 camp sights with cabins
- Promoting local employment
- Youth Outdoor Program
- Providing carpentry and trail building skills to employees as well as public workshops
- Developing and implementing a youth outdoor education program
- Developing a climbing destination
- Implementing the highest levels of conservation management and public use infrastructure