Rich in freshwater resources, Patagonia boasts some of the world’s largest continental glaciers plus hundreds of lakes, lagoons and rivers. Yet the realities of population growth, urban and industrial development, and livestock and agriculture impact are taking a toll on these essential natural systems.
In a bid to protect Patagonia’s rivers, The Nature Conservancy has partnered with Argentina’s National Research Council (CONICET) to create the Network for the Conservation of River Ecosystems of Patagonia. In conjunction with local universities, research centers, the National Parks Administration and 10 provincial government agencies in charge of water management, the network is developing tools to halt – and reverse– the damage to Patagonia’s rivers.
Both The Nature Conservancy and CONICET are contributing to the creation of the network, and to its operation over the next five years. The partnership is also building a technical laboratory in Patagonia to conduct research aimed at conserving the region’s glaciers, rivers, lakes and lagoons.