From the Patagonia grasslands to the Pampas in southwest Buenos Aires to the dry forests of the Greater Chaco and the heart of the Mendoza wine region, we are working to ensure that future generations will still know Patagonia as a wild place at the edge of a thriving, healthy planet!
The Grasslands of Patagonia
Grasslands are among the least protected and least conserved natural habitats across the globe. Argentina’s Patagonian steppe spans 30 percent of the entire nation, with less than 1 percent of its surface officially recognized as conservation areas. Surrounded by oceans on either side and with elevations ranging from sea level to over 13,000 feet, the Patagonia region shelters unique and diverse communities of plants and wildlife including the rare Patagonian opossum, the characteristic guanaco (a relative of the llama) and the flightless rhea.
In 2016, The Nature Conservancy acquired the 13,000-acre Fortin Chacabuco working ranch to strengthen the Conservancy’s sustainable grazing work in Patagonia. The Fortin Chacabuco shows ranchers, government officials and the local community that nature and people can thrive together under science-based conservation and collaboration agreements.
“Fortin Chacabuco is a conservation dream come true for The Nature Conservancy in Argentina. It offers a wonderful opportunity to demonstrate how conservation is essential to making people’s lives better. Fortin Chacabuco will expand conservation in Argentina, and will help shape the way lands and water are managed across the continent to ensure a healthy planet for future generations.” —Georgia E. Wells, Argentina Trustee Boardmember, Global Board of Directors Emeretus Member, United States, The Nature Conservancy
In Argentina’s Gran Chaco, we are working to halt deforestation generated by soy and beef production in South America’s second-largest forest and generate a deforestation-free beef and soy supply chain. We are embedding conservation throughout the production chain.