European Union will allocate 10 million euros to Argentine biodiversity

The objective – explains a statement from the European delegation in Buenos Aires – will be to work for the protection of biodiversity in Argentina. Seven of those 10 million will be assigned to the Norte Grande with a particular focus on the Chaco region.

The Norte Grande Argentino Region is one of the four regions for the economic and social development of the country and its most important city is San Miguel de Tucumán. The provinces (states) of Tucumán, Salta, Santiago del Estero, Jujuy, Catamarca, La Rioja, Misiones, Chaco, Corrientes and Formosa make up the area.

It is located, as its name indicates, in the north of the country, bordering Chile to the west, Bolivia and Paraguay to the north, Brazil to the northeast and east, Uruguay to the southeast, and the Argentinean regions Centro and Cuyo to the south.

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European assistance to that area “is due to the enormous potential that the region possesses, being the second largest biodiversity reserve in the Americas, distributed over an extensive area of ​​1 million km2, of which 62% are in Argentine territory,” indicated the EU delegation.

The ambassador of the European Union in Argentina, Amador Sánchez Rico, emphasized the “appreciated cultural and historical heritage, the economic potential as well as the intrinsic value of the ecosystem services of this biome for the ecological balance of the planet and that they will be supported by all European organizations (cultural foundations and associations, clubs, companies, embassies), in a spirit of collaboration with Argentine partners from the public-private spectrum and civil society”.

This announcement is made within the framework of the visit of Veronique Lorenzo, head of the South America Division of the European External Action Service, and Jorge de la Caballería, head of the Latin America and Caribbean Unit of the General Directorate of International Partnerships of the European Commission.

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Both officials carried out a mission to the Argentine Norte Grande to meet the communities, civil society leaders, and authorities that will be an active part of this new stage of EU cooperation in Argentina. During this visit they met with Pilagá and Guaraní indigenous communities, visited projects financed by the EU in terms of environmental protection and sustainable agriculture.

For his part, Pierantoni, head of European Union cooperation in the country, stressed that this new program “doubles the level of cooperation” of the EU with Argentine civil society in the Norte Grande. “The financial resources will be, in part, invested in supporting the work in the territory carried out by Redes Chaco, a multi-actor and multi-sector dialogue space that will facilitate the definition, in the coming months, of concrete actions in key sectors such as forest management, sustainable agriculture and commitment to indigenous communities,” said the official.

On June 13 and 14, the French embassy will organize a seminar in Tartagal where it will seek to establish a protocol of new steps to follow, in line with the needs to strengthen the resilience of societies against possible future threats such as the effects of climate change. climate change, forest fires and food insecurity.

The remaining part of the budget of 10 million (3 million euros) will be allocated to finance biodiversity protection projects in the Patagonian Sea, the EU said in its statement to the press.

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