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Combination of approaches
The loss of forests in the ecoregion and high fragmentation of remnants, require a combination of approaches to maintain and restore the goods and services provided by forest ecosystems. In addition to halting deforestation, it is necessary to focus efforts on the active recovery of forested areas, as a necessary condition for reestablishing connectivity between fragments and ecological corridors for biodiversity, which are indispensable for guaranteeing ecosystem services.
Purchase and donation of land for conservation
One of the strategies is to purchase land in key areas for conservation and connectivity, and immediately donate it to the state. In this way, the aim is to add and/or create small reserves to protected areas and to favor the connection between provincial and national parks, and existing private reserves.
It should be noted that for each potential land purchase, a feasibility study will be conducted beforehand, including an analysis of the legal status of the land, the existence or not of a conflict of ownership, as well as the use of the natural resources of that lot by local communities and indigenous peoples, always taking into account the WWF Environmental and Social Safeguards Framework (ESSF).
In order to recover forests in critical areas where they have disappeared or been degraded, reestablish their ecological functionality, and improve the quality of life of the people living in these landscapes, we develop restoration actions in the Argentine Atlantic Forest, together with local communities. Over time, ecological processes and functions will match those of the original forest, contributing significantly to connectivity.