Major national park expansion for South America’s other big forest
Traslasierra National Park – positioned within the northwest of Córdoba, Argentina and created in March 2018 – will add 17,000 hectares to the 27,000 it already has. This important milestone will assist defend an vital a part of the Gran Chaco, a sizzling, semi-arid forest which is house to immense biodiversity and historic heritage. After the Amazon, it’s the largest forest space left standing in South America, however is threatened by deforestation, cattle manufacturing and different human actions.
This habitat acts as pure refuge for about 200 species of birds, 34 mammals and 30 reptiles, a few of that are uncommon and globally threatened with extinction. Traslasierra National Park performs host to threatened birds such because the Crowned Solitary Eagle Buteogallus coronatus (Endangered) and the Andean Condor Vultur gryphus (Vulnerable), which was moved to the next menace class within the final 12 months’s replace to the IUCN Red List. Other uncommon species that can name this new paradise house embrace the Yellow Cardinal Gubernatrix cristata (Endangered), Turquoise-fronted Amazon Amazona aestiva and Chaco Owl Strix chacoensis (each Near Threatened).
Hernán Casañas, Executive Director of Aves Argentinas, mentions that increasing the territory of a nationwide park is a “transcendent” step in the direction of attaining the biodiversity conservation targets that ought to govern Argentina’s environmental coverage. It may also assist native individuals to earn a extra sustainable dwelling: “With the implementation of the Traslasierra National Park… an auspicious panorama opens up for Cordoba by way of tourism, not solely domestically but additionally internationally… Córdoba can exhibit that nature conservation and growth go hand in hand,” says Casañas.
Through our companion Aves Argentinas, which has been a part of the promotion and administration of this challenge from the very starting, the Wyss Foundation offered the mandatory monetary sources for the creation of the National Park, as a part of a joint effort led by the Province of Córdoba and the National Parks Administration.