Name of organisation
Currently internal: personal and family funds.
Number of staff
Number of visitors per year
Online version, opened in October 2012, reformulated in 2016, annual average: approx. 4000 visitors/year.
Overall aims of the centre
To contribute to a positive transformation of environmental awareness and to raise awareness for the protection of wetland resources,
To raise awareness among visitors, population and local and regional leaders of the importance of protecting the resources provided by the Jaaukanigás Ramsar Site through their sustainable use.
Description of the centre
The Jaaukanigás Ramsar Site covers 492,000 hectares and is located in the General Obligado Department, in the Province of Santa Fe, Argentina. It extends from the 28th parallel to the Malabrigo stream, and from the main channel of the Paraná River (border with Corrientes) to routes 1 and 11, it is one of the largest Ramsar sites in Argentina. The site is located between several biogeographical areas of the Americas: these include the representative habitats of the Chaco, with its red quebracho forests and caranday palm groves; the Paranaense Region, with its gallery forests and riverine forests; and the Pampean Region with savannahs and grasslands dominated by a variety of grasses. In addition to this great variety of flora, there is also a great variety of fauna. There are 699 detected species of vertebrates, and invertebrates are abundant. Of the former, there are 240 fish, 36 amphibians, 55 reptiles, 300 birds and 68 mammals. The carayá monkey, the black caiman and plants such as the ambay and the palo jabón show that the area constitutes the southern distribution limit of several tropical species.
Main CEPA work area
Advocacy and awareness-raising activities through:
-Electronic leaflets for publication on social networks and different supports for distribution in different media.
Awareness-raising campaigns on Environmental Protection in general and on the Wetland in particular, in different audiovisual and graphic media.
Promotion and awareness-raising activities through:
-Artistic interventions with didactic purposes for the protection of the Ramsar Site with children, young people and visitors.
- Installation of static signs with the annual theme in strategic places in Barrio Puerto Reconquista.
Top three successes
The objectives set so far have been met due to the repercussion and replications of the publications and campaigns carried out, which can be observed in social networks and local population.
Top three challenges
The main challenges exceed the possibilities of the Centre as they refer to the evident lack of involvement, attention and lack of collaboration of official bodies at national, provincial and municipal level in the care of the Ramsar Site. The current physical description is limited to its online version; however, it is hoped to have access to a physical space in the future for the reception, accommodation and awareness-raising of visitors.
Creating signage; site information; Producing written materials; Using audio-visual tools; Developing nature trails
Setting up a new visitor centre; Managing / creating habitat; Running a visitor centre
Engaging hard-to-reach groups; Engaging young people; Engaging the local community; Working with volunteers
Education and communication
Early years education; Working with primary schools; Lobbying / running campaigns; Working with secondary schools; Developing resources / materials
Auditing / assessing effectiveness; PR and marketing; Running effective administration; Project planning.
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