Fundación PROTEGER, in partnership with Cooperativa Portal del Humedal.
PROTEGER Foundation, IUCN-Dutch Committee of the IUCN-Ecosystem Alliance
Number of staff
On site 8 staff members of the Cooperativa Portal del Humedal. In the PROTEGER Foundation 6 people, full time and part-time.
Number of visitors per year
Currently 800 visitors/year, in another year it is estimated to triple this number.
To stimulate visitors to connect with nature and to raise awareness of wetland functions and values, and sustainable lifestyles.
To promote, particularly through ecotourism, knowledge of the biological and cultural diversity of the wetlands of the middle Paraná in general and of the Jaaukanigás Ramsar Site in particular, including the legacy of the riparian communities.
To develop communication, education and participation activities for the conservation of the ecological integrity and the goods and services of wetlands as irreplaceable support for the quality of human life.
Rescue and systematise local and regional traditional and ancestral knowledge for the sustainable use of biodiversity, as well as compile the dispersed scientific knowledge on the wetlands of the river coast.
Coordinate initiatives in and with communities and local governments linked to the protection and dissemination of the region's natural, historical and cultural heritage.
Promote projects for the conservation, restoration and public use of wetlands.
Support cultural exchange and volunteer initiatives that enrich the experience of local inhabitants and visitors from other parts of the country and the world.
To become a national and international reference, meeting and training forum on wetland management, climate change, appropriate technology, ecotourism and other issues related to sustainable development with equity. Environmental education; Research; Public space for nature.
The Jaaukanigás Wetland Centre (CHJ) is based in the recently restored historic former Estancia San Vicente, and has a hall, a library, and a library auditorium suitable for meetings and workshops, library, accommodation, restaurant and cafeteria, among other facilities. The CHJ is located at a key point in the 492,000 hectare Jaaukanigás Ramsar Site - on the alluvial plain of the Paraná River in the north of Santa Fe province, Argentina - made up of wetlands and river islands that are home to some of the greatest biodiversity in the country and in South America. It is connected to the Ramsar Site Humedales Chaco, of 508,000 hectares, forming together an exceptional corridor of 1,000,000 hectares declared as "wetlands of international importance" by the Ramsar Convention, integrating the Ramsar List.
Islands and river forests, streams and lagoons close to the main branch of the Paraná River and connected to it, form a labyrinth of incredible complexity and diversity up to 40 kilometres wide, and a true biological corridor of wetlands more than 1,000 (one thousand) kilometres long from the Upper Paraná to the Delta. If we consider that the Site receives water and biological inputs from the Paraguay River and the Pantanal, we can speak of a corridor of 2,000 kilometres free of dams, an exceptional case in the world today. In fact, in Jaaukanigás there are species of Amazonian, subtropical, Chaco and Paranaense lineage that enter the site through the rivers of the basin. In the "gallery" forest surrounding the rivers and streams of the Ramsar Site there are colonies of carayá or howler monkeys, two species of yacarés (crocodiles), capybaras (capybaras), some of the last marsh deer, more than 300 species of birds and 220 species of fish. Artisanal fishing is in the hands of traditional fishermen who maintain a cultural legacy that must be protected. Many of them are descendants of the ancient Jaaukanigás, "People of the Water" in the language of the Abipones, the original indigenous people of this region. Ecotourism with a strong educational focus is one of the main tools of the CHJ, complemented by an annual agenda of CEPA activities and training workshops with the participation of the local community, volunteers and visitors from all over the country and abroad.
Main CEPA activities
The facilities of the Jaakanigás Wetland Centre (CHJ) include an auditorium suitable for workshops and meetings, library, accommodation for visitors, experts and volunteers, restaurant and cafeteria. A bird and wildlife watching site is planned. Activities, with an educational focus, include: hiking, guided horseback riding and photographic safaris through the river islands with their rich biodiversity of monkeys, birds and many other species. In addition to canoeing, kayaking and navigations in the streams that cross the river jungle that at times resembles the Amazon, which is why they have called the Paraná "the Amazon of temperate climate".
The ecotourism proposals and activities, with strong community participation, are focused on the knowledge of the biological and cultural diversity of the wetlands of the middle Paraná in general and of the Jaaukanigás Ramsar Site in particular, including the historical and ancestral legacy of the riverside communities.
Specific CEPA activities are aimed at promoting the conservation of the ecological integrity and services of the wetlands with schools in the region and visitors to the CHJ. In 2015, the CHJ plans to expand the themes of the training workshops to include wetland management, climate change, appropriate technology, traditional knowledge, ecotourism and other topics that contribute to sustainable development with equity.
Three main challenges
Institutional strengthening of the Wetlands Centre through a Support Group (sponsors, such as companies, institutions, networks, individuals).
To achieve greater recognition at national and international level.
To provide it with the necessary equipment and resources for CEPA's work and, especially, for the implementation of an annual agenda of training workshops (topics mentioned above).
Areas of Expertise
Creating signage / site information; Producing written materials; Using audio-visual tools; Developing nature trails
Setting up a new visitor centre; Running a visitor centre; Building / maintaining structures
Working with disabled people; Engaging young people; Engaging the local community; Working with volunteers
Education and communication
Delivering adult education; Working with primary schools; Lobbying / running campaigns; Working with secondary schools; Developing resources / materials
PR and marketing; Running effective administration; Fund-raising; Project planning
Contact for visitors:
-cellular (mobile) 03482 155 82576
-from abroad (54) 93482 582576 -Mabel Restovich: 03482 155 82653 -from abroad (54) 93482 582653
Communications and press:
Jorge Cappato: www.facebook.com/jorge.cappato
-mobile 0342 154 484293
-from abroad (54) 9342 4484293
Website address: http://www.proteger.org/centro-de-humedales-jaaukanigas
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