Nomads Visitor Centre

Region

Americas

Country

Argentina

Flyway

Americas flyway

Initiative

WLI Americas

About

Name of organisation

Administración de Parques Nacionales, Parque Nacional Laguna Blanca

Funding support

 

Number of staff

3 national park rangers, 2 support rangers

Number of visitors per year

4975 visitors from April 2011 to March 2012

Overall aims of the centre

- To provide relevant information and guidance
- Offer thematic interpretative exhibitions on flora, fauna and cultural resources of the area.
- Sale of fishing permits for the duration of the activity.

Description of the centre

It is located in the operational centre of the protected area, a few metres away from Provincial Route 46, 32 km from the town of Zapala. It has an amphitheatre on the outside of the building with explanatory signs about the visitor's location in relation to the landscape. Inside there are toilets for men and women. A sector destined to offer personalised information and interpretative panels with resources in colours and silhouettes of birds hanging from the ceiling.

The construction is made with a high stone content and large windows offering excellent panoramic views. It is in a very good state of conservation. Besides receiving visitors who travel to tourist centres in the Pehuenia sector and visitors who come to visit the area or to carry out recreational activities such as bird watching, sport fishing, hiking, etc., we receive primary schools and kindergartens from Zapala and other neighbouring towns, offering personalised interpretation and talks, activities according to the children's ages, and introductory talks about the PNLB. Environmental characteristics of the place, flora and fauna, etc.

Work Areas

Main CEPA work area

The protected area has an institutional brochure, recently re-edited, which explains the characteristics of the steppe, flora and fauna associated with this environment. The importance of the Laguna Blanca as a wetland and habitat for various aquatic birds.

Some paintings and different elements made with local materials show the occupation of the ancient inhabitants of the area who were hunters and gatherers. There is also an elusive leaflet for the endemic water frog (Atelognathus patagonicus) and a list of the birds that can be observed in the National Park. Press releases are issued on local radio stations and in local newspapers to publicise dates in the environmental calendar.

There is also a weekly radio column, lasting 20 to 30 minutes, on Radio Nacional, Zapala radio station. The topics covered in this column are flora, fauna, PA issues, commemorative dates that are part of the environmental calendar, special events, participation in fairs and congresses, in order to transmit messages related to the conservation of the area.

Top three successes

Increase the number of staff to provide a continuous service throughout the year. Establish bird censuses and neotropical census on a regular basis. Initiate plans for livestock use within the area and the Public Use Plan, as inputs for the update of the Management Plan to be carried out in 2013.

Top three challenges

 

Expertise

Interpretation techniques

Creating signage; site information; Using audio-visual tools

Visitor centres

Managing / creating habitat; Running a visitor centre; Building / maintaining structures

Participation

Engaging young people; Engaging the local community; Working with volunteers

Education and communication

Early years education; Delivering adult education; Working with primary schools; Working with secondary schools; Developing resources / materials

General

Auditing / assessing effectiveness; Running effective administration; Health and safety; Project planning.

Contact

Postal address: Intendencia Parque Nacional Laguna Blanca. Ejercito Argentino 217, CP (8340). Zapala, Neuquén.

Tel. and Fax 54-02942 431982

Emails: lagunablanca@apn.gov.ar; lagunablanca@gmail.com

Intendente Catalina Martinez. ccmartinez@apn.gov.ar; Guardaparque Mónica Sosa. msosa@apn.gov.ar; Agente Noelia González. ngonzalez@apn.gov.ar

Website address:

www.argentina.gob.ar/parquesnacionales/lagunablanca 

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