Villarino greeted the national and international authorities in the project closure “Adapting the Southwest of Buenos Aires.”


It is about the project Increasing the Climate Resilience and improving the Sustainable Management of the Earth in the Southwest of Buenos Aires, carried out by the National Direction of Planification and Environmental Management of the Territory dependent of the Secretary of Environment and Sustainable Development of the Nation, which seeks to contribute to reducing the vulnerability of the agricultural, livestock systems, in view of the processes of desertification, reinforced by climate change through measures of adaptation related to the sustainable management of lands.

“According to the World Bank this is an exemplary case. It is worth highlighting the level of coordination between institutions that has been reached in the frame of this project.

We do not doubt to mention it as a reference to take into account at the time of developing other initiatives throughout the country and other regions of the world,” were the words of Pablo Herrera, Environmental Specialist and representative of the World Bank.

As for the mayor of Villarino, Carlos Bevilacqua, he showed himself very grateful for Villarino being the chosen as one of the headquarters for the project closure, and said: “It is a day of emotion for what we have accomplished together. We have to keep working for this environment that today is punished, as we can see the consequences worldwide.

From Villarino we have put all the efforts of the municipality to retake life to the Argerich Forest Nursery and this project has been a great impulse to accomplish that. Besides, from Agribusiness we have been working on the plan of perpetuation and recovering of natural pastures, putting technical and human resources as well as the machine acquired thanks to this project, made available to out producers so as to improve our earth and its productivity.”

Also, the Secretary of Environmental Policy in Natural Resources, the licensed Diego Moreno, the National Director of Planification and Environmental Management of the Territory of the Government Secretary of Environment and Sustainable Development, Dr. Dolores Duverges, Minister of Environment of the Argentine Chancellery, Marcia Levaggi and the Director of the EEA of INTA Hilario Ascasubi, Miguel ÁngelCantamutto said a few words to the present people.

From the municipality of Villarino, through the Direction of Agribusiness, we have been working with the programme of Perpetuation and Recovering of Natural Pastures, and of the Agency of Renewable Energies and Environment (AREE), with the programme of Strengthening and Industrialization of the Argerich Forest Nursery, the Foresta Cooperative LTDA. And the programme of Afforestation of Natural Routes N°3 and N°22.

During the meeting, the different institutions exposed the obtained result. Among them the System of Early Warning, Plans of Forage Sustainability of Villarino, SEI UNS and CERZOS Naposta Field, SEI Levalle, SEI Ascasubi Irrigation and the Argerich Forest Nursery.

Took part in the project the authorities of the Secretary of Environment and Sustainable Development of the Nation, the World Bank, the National Highway Administration, the Ministry of Health and Social Development, the Secretary of Agribusiness, the CONICET, the INTA, the UNS, the SMN, the Provincial Organism for Sustainable Development of the Buenos Aires Province, the Ministry of Agribusiness of the Buenos Aires Province, representatives and authorities of the Municipalities of the Southwest of Buenos Aires, public and private, local and regional institutions of the Southwest of the Buenos Aires Province, producers and technical assistants of the region; and the media.

More about the project:

The Project counted with 4 components:

Component 1: The Reduction of the Vulnerability of the Community and Institutions, which aimed to improve the answers and the capacity of planification, of communities and local institutions, to promote the participation in collecting and data analysis, from interinstitutional level to level of producers. From this component SIAT is found as well as the products obtained through it.

Component 2: The Implementation of Adaptation Measures in Productive Agroecosystems, more than 30 practices/technologies have been identified, which have been selected, implemented and evaluated during the implementation of the Project. These have been related to the management of livestock and grazing land, crops and water resources.

Component 3: The Application of the Participative Focus of Knowledge Management, and by the Development of Local Capacities for the Adaptation of Climate Change, will count with the participation of associated organizations, and the producers to whom the Project of monitoring, adaptative management and broadcast of learned lessons is aimed at. This points to sensitize the public, and to create a sense of belonging to the Project.

Component 4: The Development of a Sustainable Strategy, which includes the generation of the necessary agreements, from institutional to community level, so as measures can be sustained beyond the project closure.

The development of these 4 components was the basis on which different result have been obtained, among which we highlight:

Main results in the 11 Interventional Sites to field:

12 practices of adaptation to CC and mitigation of dryness effects.

more than 900 benefitted producers.

More than 1600 participants in courses of Good Practices.

More than AR$72,000,000 provided to machinery, tools and facilities for sustainable management of lands for Institutions and Producers in the core zone of the Project.

Economic incentives for Sustainable Management.

More than 1200 hectares sowed of vicia and wheatgrass.

more than 50 enrolled producers.

More than 500 hectares of natural pastures recovering.

Municipal Revolving Funds for the Sustainable Management of Soil: perpetuation of the forage resource by Municipal Ordinance.

1200 hectares sowed of vicia and wheatgrass in Villarino, Patagones and Puán.

Enrolling of some 50 producers that have put into preservation 500 hectares of natural pasture.

Translator:  Camila Vicente