GEF CEO's visit to Patagonia

October 19, 2009

19 OCTOBER 2009 | Washington DC - In connection with the 9th Meeting of the COP of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification, for which the GEF is a financial mechanism, GEF CEO Monique Barbut visited a site in Patagonia with a representative of the Government of Argentina, Mr. Severo Fulia.

Argentina’s Patagonia region is a rich mosaic of varied arid and semi-arid areas, interspersed with riparian wetlands. The ecosystems collectively support a rich diversity of species, but land degradation now affects an estimated 85 percent of Patagonia. This caused mainly by overgrazing in the rural areas, where rearing livestock, principally sheep, has been the main productive activity for more than a century.

A GEF project is helping to control land degradation in Patagonia through the promotion of sustainable rangeland management practices to restore ecosystems to their full integrity, stability, and functions. The project helps sheep breeders and herders adopt sustainable rangeland management practices, and complements a sustainable sheep husbandry program.