High Andes Conservation Without Borders

The High Andes ecosystem harbours a range of species that have developed unique adaptations to this harsh climate with low temperatures and extreme aridity. Shallow water bodies and extensive wetlands, known as ‘vegas’ or ‘bofedales’, sustain patches of higher productivity, which are crucial for the Andean cat and their prey, migratory and endemic birds, and recovering populations of vicuñas. Due to their fragility the High Andes have a limited capacity to respond to disturbances brought about by increasing pressure from mining, unregulated tourism, and livestock grazing.

We seek to increase the protection of High Andes biodiversity and of critical natural resources in the triple frontier of Argentina, Bolivia and Chile from the threats of incompatible land uses and climate change, through international collaborations. We work in three protected areas: the Reserva Altoandina de Fauna Eduardo Avaroa (Bolivia), Reserva Nacional Los Flamencos (Chile) and Ramsar Site Lagunas de Vilama (Argentina).

Funded by two grants from the Darwin Initiative (2005-2008 and 2010-2012) this project is a collaboration with  the Andean Cat Alliance (AGA) and the High Andes Flamingo Conservation Group(GCFA), which link members from various partner organizations, including: WildCRU and Oxford’s School of Geography and Enviroment,  Colección Boliviana de Fauna, Administración de Parques Nacionales (Argentina), CONAF (Chile) and SERNAP (Bolivia).

Project Outputs

In Spanish:
Estado del Conocimiento y de Gestión en Areas Protegidas de la Triple Frontera (2012)
Project Newsletters (2010-2012)
Ecosistema Altoandino: Conservación sin Fronteras (2005)
Project Newletters (2005-2008)
Education Manual (2006)
Field Methodology Manual (2007)
The Tilcara Agreement for transfrontier collaboration (2008)

In English:
Final report Darwin original project 2005-2008
Final report Darwin original project 2010-2012