Preserving the Headwaters Forest in Córdoba, Argentina

Fundación Actividades Biosféricas is a partner of Acción Serrana, a coalition of institutions and individuals committed to the conservation and ecological restoration of the mountain ecosystems throughout the mountains of South America.

The Tabaquillos forests are vitally important for the health of the natural water system of the Córdoba province and central Argentina. The ecosystem function of Polyepsis australis woodland is associated with the health of watersheds, and is home to numerous endemic species in the region including the Andean condor, puma, red fox and Achala lizard. The area attracts many ecotourists, hikers, highliners and climbers each year. However, these native forests are highly fragmented and subject to extensive burning, livestock grazing, and clearing which changes their habitat characteristics, causes soil loss, affects the stability of steep hillsides and hampers natural regeneration. This project will restore over 100 hectares through planting 225,000 trees, fencing to keep out livestock, collecting over 3 million seeds for germination, maintaining nurseries, and carrying out environmental education with 15 schools, 500 students and 1500 community members. Fundación Actividades Biosféricas aims to replant 3 million trees this decade.