Rangeland Management in Argentina

Argentina’s Patagonia region is a rich mosaic of varied arid 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 is caused mainly by overgrazing in the rural areas, where rearing livestock, principally sheep, has been the main productive activity for more than a century. The GEF-funded project, “Sustainable Management of Arid and Semi-arid Ecosystems to Combat Desertification in Patagonia” (Total Financing: US$32.6 million; GEF Grant: US$6 million; GEF Implementing Agency: UNDP), 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 it complements a sustainable sheep husbandry program. One expected outcome is effective mainstreaming of SLM in regional planning and decision-making processes by removing the barriers to capacity building. In addition, on-the-ground interventions will generate tangible results in halting degradation processes and restoring ecosystem health.