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NATURAL PROTECTED AREA PENÍNSULA MITRE

Península Mitre is located at the easternmost tip of Tierra del Fuego, the area covers about 300,000 hectares of land and 200,000 hectares of sea space, including the surrounding waters of Staten Island. It is the largest carbon sequestration point in the country, key to mitigating global warming. It offers the largest peatlands in South America, vestiges of the Hush people (hunter-gatherer culture), shipwrecks and countless species of wild fauna and flora. Today the peninsula is under threat.

CONSERVATION

The first expedition to Peninsula Mitre was launched and completed thirty years ago and it identified the need to protect it. The different bills that were presented have been changing over time; however, they all share the same spirit of conservation and the purpose of designating this place as a protected natural area. The peninsula is a site of exceptional natural significance: within both the terrestrial and marine areas, vulnerable and endangered species live and feed such as the southern river otter, the humpback whale and the common steamer duck. This explosion of life turns this area into one of the last pristine places on Earth, deserving to be forever protected.

VALUES AND URGENCY

The legal protection of Peninsula Mitre is a lighthouse of hope within the global context of climate crisis and species extinction. Not only is it a refuge for a large array of species but also, because of the great extension of the peatlands, it is the most important carbon sink in Argentina.

Up to now, both natural values and archeological remains found in Peninsula Mitre have been largely preserved; yet, the area faces new challenges such as theft or pressure by exotic species and especially the consequences of an economy of exploitation and extraction, jeopardizing the very components which make it a unique and exceptional natural area.

 

ACTIVISM AND COMUNICATION

Most of our initiatives and activities have been targeted towards the young because we strongly believe in the power and value of getting young people involved in these matters; in this way, it becomes easier to bring awareness of problems and to come up with ideas and solutions together. As part of this work we collaborated with a local theater company to promote a play for children; we held talks at schools and universities in the province, we participated in different events and meetings and we organized an activist workshop to address the importance of citizen participation. The synergy of each of these activities sowed new possibilities, today we have the support of almost 40,000 Fuegians and citizens from all over the country.

LOCAL SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

Tourism in Tierra del Fuego is deeply related to the values of nature of the province. It is a development matrix of infinite projection and with the capacity to create a positive impact on the local people through the creation of employment opportunities. Nature tourism is the engine of a sustainable economy and, in turn, it is rooted in the process of site conservation.

PROJECTS

No To Salmon Farming

Natural Protected Area Península Mitre

Blue Patagonia

Marine Protected Area Yaganes

Marine Protected Area Namuncurá Banco Burdwood II

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