Argentina
Nuestra visión del programa es muy buena. El programa nos motivó muchísimo. La experiencia vivida nos fortaleció. Nuestra visión no pasa solo por resolver nuestros problemas, sino también ser agentes multiplicadores.
Mr. Manuel Pérez
Beneficiario, Técnico y Socio de la Cooperativa
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Country Programme Snapshot

Start Date 2005
# of Projects 182
Total Grant Amount US$ 4,822,941
Total cash Co-Financing US$ 1,810,581
Total In-Kind Co-Financing US$ 4,373,100

Country Portfolio by Area of Work

Biodiversity
Chemicals
Climate Change Mitigation
Community Based Adaptation
Land Degradation
Global Publications
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Featured Story

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Through the support of SGP the indigenous community called Guarani is preserving their surrounding forest. 

The GEF Small Grants programme in Argentina is helping the Penti Carandai Community to preserve their environment through the sustainable use of Piedmont forest. This history of this indigenous community dates back to the second half of the 19th century, after the displacements caused by the "Chaco" War between Bolivia and Paraguay from 1932 to 1935, when 1.200 families of the Guarani Comunity Penti Carandai established their community in the area of Palma Sola, Jujuy province, Argentina. The forced migration of these communities, originally from Bolivia, Paraguay and the Salta portion of Chaco (Argentina), weaken their social bonds and resulted in the loss of their cultural and social heritage, including the traditional knowledge on how to use using natural resources.

After some years, the Penti Carandai Community gained access to the 515 hectares property of secondary forest, but given the lack of financial resources and reduced traditional knowledge of the community, they were not able to conserve their environment while having a sustainable livelihood. The area of Palma Sola used to comprise an important sample of the so called Transition Forest (Piedmont forest) and mountain rainforest that were the habitat of typical forest species such as palo blanco (Calycophyllum multiflorum), palo amarillo (Phyllostilon rhammoides), horco cebil (Pitpadenia excelsa), afata (Cordia trichotoma), quina (Myroxylon peruiferum), lapacho rosado (Tabebuia avellanadae) and yuchan (Ceiba chodatii) and algarrobo (Prosopis sp). This forest ecosystem disappeared due to the expansion of the agricultural border for the cultivation of sugar cane, citrus and grains (soy and beans), leaving only small patches as samples of the original or secondary remainders.

For this reason, the GEF Small Grants Programme supported the project of tihs community aimed preserving the forest and its biodiversity by recovering Guaraní traditional knowledge on the sustainable use of natural resources. The project supported creation of a comunitary garden where they are producing plants from the same species of trees that are native to the area and replanting them. In addition, the community is producing products out of medicinal plants, wood and fiber.

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In terms of traditional knowledge and conservation, a group of men was trained in the production of masks that represent local fauna species using wood of forest trees, particularly yuchán. The training was provided by members of other Guaraní communities that still preserve this ancient knowledge. For the dying of the masks the artisans use natural dyes such as clay and soot.

A group of women recovered knowledge and skills for the production of handcraft basketry and hats using the fiber obtained from the leave of the carandai palm tree (Tritrinax campestri), a typical palm from this region and other ecological regions of Argentina. Other women dedicated to the elaboration of typical meals using flour of algarrobo fruits and mistol (Ziziphus mistol), and also to the recognition and use of medicinal herbs.

This project enabled the recovery of knowledge of the Guarani people, not only in relation to the forest that traditionally constituted the living space for the Guaraní people, but also regarding the organization and the relevance of participating in other spaces outside the community. According to Cacique Victor Reyes, this project accompany the "sister communities to walk this path of meeting again with their values and hidden knowledge and recover these for the sake of all, Guaraní and not Guaraní".

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Country Impact

Impacto del PPD en cifras:

  • El Programa apoya acciones comunitarias en el entorno de 5 Áreas Protegidas y en 1 Reserva de Biósfera. Apoya a más de 2700 familias de pequeños productores campesinos e indígenas, 17 cooperativas rurales, 2 ferias de productos y 5 agroindustrias rurales. Se proporcionaron unos 400 equipos para reducir las emisiones de gases de efecto invernadero (cocinas, hornos, secaderos, calefones solares y braseros eficientes)

Influencia del PPD en el desarrollo de políticas públicas:

  • El Programa tiene alianzas estratégicas con las principales instituciones públicas presentes en su ámbito geográfico: Instituto Nacional de Tecnología Agropecuaria, Administración de Parques Nacionales, Secretaría de Agricultura Familiar y Desarrollo Rural, Universidades Nacionales y Ministerios de Ambiente Provinciales

Proyectos exitosos ampliados:

  • 10 organizaciones indígenas y campesinas reciben apoyo de FIDA para ampliar los proyectos emprendidos con el PPD Argentina
  • 2 cooperativas campesinas recibieron apoyo financiero de IAF y AECID

Contact

Mr. Francisco López Sastre
National Coordinator
Phone: + 54 11 4800 0400
Email: FranciscoLS@unops.org
 
Ms. Maria Eugenia COMBI
Programme Assistant
Phone: +54 11 4800 0400
Email: MariaEugeniaC@unops.org
 

Address

Esmeralda 130 - Piso 13 , Buenos Aires , Buenos Aires C1035ABD
 

WebSite

http://www.ppdargentina.org.ar