Name of organisation: Administración de Parques Nacionales – Argentina
Number of staff: Three officers in the Education Division and 23 officers in the protected area
Number of visitors per year: 16,000 visitors a year. Our key stakeholders/ actors are diverse and include the neighbours or Barrios, forestry livestock producers, NGOs, schools, municipal and provincial officials, including our Buffer Zone
Overall aims of the centre
Conserve natural environments of the Parana River Delta, the Espinal and the Pampas, through an adaptive and ongoing management of their natural processes, its flora and fauna; cultural heritage. Strengthen the link local communities with different environments, social spaces and property references.
Provide an environment of active participation of the local community for conservation and utilization of services and benefits that the area offers, in a sustainable way. Opportunities for education, environmental interpretation and recreation for the whole community, disseminating the values of the Reserve and the mission of the institution and action throughout the country.
Provide an area for scientific research, with emphasis on studies that provide key knowledge for the management of natural and cultural resources of the area, and social management.
Description of the centre
The Otamendi Natural Reserve protects an area of 4160 hectares. Preserves significant examples three ecoregions: the Pampean grassland, Espinal and Delta and Islands of Paraná. Among them, one can see a large variety of environments, such as the Rolling Pampa, the Talar de Barranca, the Plated (made by the Submersible Grasslands, Grasslands and Saline Environments Open Water as “Lagunas and Fish”) and Albardón Coastal Coastal containing Mount Ribereño of Paraná.
90% of the RNO corresponds to low and flood zones, which, given its geographical location in the most densely populated area of the country has an enormous importance as a wetland. The Reserve is an AICA (Area of Importance for the Conservation of Birds), a Valuable Grassland area and was declared a Ramsar Site on 22 March 2008 “World Water Day”.
It is located in the district of Campana, Province of Buenos Aires (Argentina) on the banks of the Paraná de las Palmas River, at the height of the Barrio Las Colinas Otamendi. We have walking trails, a visitor center, an auditorium, restrooms, picnic area and lookout.
Main CEPA work areas
Formal education: Schools Parks and interactive with the axis “healthy landscape” in the Luján River Elementary School project; Non-formal Education: Waste Project in our landscape to improve solid waste management, the presence of microbasurales mitigate pollution and wetland (RSU). Communication via our blog and Facebook institutional publish and disseminate material developments, we address specific campaigns (development of wetlands, urban trees with native species), posters for the protected material and annual distribution area (Wetlands Day).
Training: conducted training sessions for trainers: municipal environmental advocates and teacher trainings are based on wetlands.
Top three successes
Work on Education for Urban Solid Waste management in the wetlands of Otamendi had satisfactory results; may be mentioned the implementation of bins for sorting and removal of RSU microbasurales (micro landfill) in the intensive use zone Reserve, the acceptance of campaign communication and good practice incoporated by neighbors healthy Otamendi in developed areas. We also highlight the progress in the development of the Educational Plan of RNO, materializing the First Conference of Educational Planning in December 2014, which would track the lines of action of environmental education strategies as priority threats and damage to the conservation values the protected area and its surroundings.
RSU: Urban Solid Waste.
Top three challenges
Management measurements and assessments of process or our annual operational plans, projects and actions are developed, the difficulties”. The poryectos Education Division in particular have particular objectives and baseline assessments, which is provided-to the extent of our possibilities-participation of stakeholders /key actors (EJ”. Neighbors, multipliers, teachers, co-workers”)”.
Creating signage; site information; Producing written materials; Using audio-visual tools
Setting up a new visitor centre; Running a visitor centre; Building / maintaining structures
Working with disabled people; Engaging hard-to-reach groups; Engaging young people; Engaging the local community;
Education and communication
Early years education; Working with primary schools; Lobbying / running campaigns; Working with secondary schools; Developing resources / materials
Auditing / assessing effectiveness; Running effective administration; Health and safety; Fund-raising; Project planning.
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