EDGE Community

Project information

[Project name/title]
Silvia Chalukian & Mariana Altrichter: Training local governmental agents working with wildlife, forests and protected areas in Northern Argentina

[Project description/overview]

Argentina, northern region, including the Chaco and the Yungas.

Project type:
Awareness improvement

Relevant EDGE species:
Chacoan Peccary (Catagonus wagneri)

Project members:
Mariana Altrichter

Relevant species
72. Chacoan Peccary (Catagonus wagneri) EN

A pig-like mammal known only from fossils until discovered alive in the 1970s.

[Relevance description]
This projects aims to train government agents who make decisions that affect wildlife conservation in northern Argentina. It is based on a series of workshops and publication of educational material.
Project summary
The project focuses on training people who work in different governmental agencies that deal with natural resources, such as Protected Areas, Wildlife, Forest, and Colonization agencies. Governmental agents dealing with natural resources often lack basic training on conservation, ecology, and social issues, and yet, they make decisions that can affect the future of this region (Argentine Chaco). The project consists in a series of short workshops and the publication of educational material. Although the projects encompasses the conservation of wildlife in general, it focuses on peccaries and tapirs, as they are among the most threatened species in this region.
Start date: 2006
Duration: 18 months
Project members

Mariana's research includes the ecology of peccaries, conservation of wildlife and subsistence hunting

[Member role description]
Project partners
Silvia Chalukian
US Fish & Wildlife Service and Wildlife Trust.