Management of the Chaqueño forest and Climate Change

Implementation period

10 months

Overall project amount

240.646 Euros





General objective: Improve the socio-ecological resilience of local populations in the Gran Chaco by strengthening forest management mechanisms in productive environments.

Specific objective: To increase the knowledge, capacities and competencies of local actors in the management of multiple-use forest and integrated livestock systems in the Gran Chaco Americano of Bolivia and Argentina.


  • 71 Creole peasant families
  • 10 individual women in the pilot sites Real Frontera, Santa Victoria Este, y Salta in Argentina
  • 30 small and medium-sized producers, 20 students from agro-technical schools and 30 public officials and technical advisors (in the new pilot site Norte Santa Fe, Argentina).
  • 20 indigenous women and 20 peasant families (in the new pilot site Salta North-West Formosa, Argentina)
  • 34 small-scale producers
  • 310 indigenous families, 20 young indigenous community leaders (from the communities of Santa Victoria Sur)


It is proposed to use the forest in an integrated manner as an alternative for sustainable development in the face of changes in land use. In this framework, forest conservation, livestock management and the valorisation of other forest products are included in the same productive matrix. This enables the integration of all components and takes advantage of the benefits that each aspect brings to the overall system. The proposal is based on the adoption and combination of low environmental impact technologies, favouring a balance between the productive capacity of the system, its integrity and its services, under the principle of maintaining and improving the well-being of the producer and associated communities.

Given the region's agricultural potential and the growing global demand for food, the pressure to convert the natural ecosystems of the Chaco into agricultural land is very high. These reasons make it one of the most threatened ecoregions in the world.


In Bolivia, the proposal contributes to the Integrated Forest and Land Management Plan (Mother Earth Framework and Integral Development for Living Well, Ley Marco de la Madre Tierra y Desarrollo Integral para Vivir Bien). In Argentina, the proposal is consistent with the actions foreseen in the National Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation Plan, the Law on Minimum Standards for the Environmental Protection of Native Forests and the National Plan for the Management of Forests with Integrated Livestock Farming.


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