Aconquija National Park and National Reserve Project (Argentina)
The Wyss Foundation is providing up to $22 million to help Fundación Flora y Fauna acquire lands to formally establish the Aconquija National Park in Argentina’s Tucumán Province. This new park was authorized by the Argentine Congress on July 4, 2018; however, the park will not be formally established until lands within the park’s 178,000 acre boundaries are purchased from willing sellers and donated to Argentina’s National Parks Administration for inclusion in the park.
Aconquija National Park will protect a critically important mountain chain in north central Argentina. The Tucumán Province has identified this area as vital for conservation because the mountains’ glaciers provide clean, clear water to support the province’s world-famous lemon and blueberry industries. The park also includes remnants of the most southerly known Inca settlement. The Wyss Foundation helped Fundación Flora y Fauna purchase and donate the first property, totaling 17,500 acres, in September 2018, and plans to help Fundación Flora y Fauna purchase three additional properties by the end of 2018.