As part of the International Day for Biodiversity, the Secretary for the Environment and Regional Planning, with the contribution of the companies Verallia and Cantera San Isidro, placed 250 jarilla plants (Larrea divaricata) in a ravine next to the hill. This action will continue in the coming months, during which it is planned to add some 1,000 additional native plants to other areas of the hill.
“I would like to thank the volunteers, the members of the brigade, the companies that provided the plants and the territory to place the flora. And also to technical organizations such as Iadiza (Argentinian Institute for Arid Zone Research) and CRICYT (Regional Center for Scientific and Technological Research), for their advice in order to be able to implement this restoration with a typical specimen of native flora. of this place. This is a sample of the institutional and professional commitment that exists in Mendoza with the protection of biodiversity”, summarized the Secretary for the Environment, Humbert Mingorance.
What is Mendoza doing in terms of biodiversity
In December 2000, the General Assembly of the United Nations established the International Day of Biodiversity to commemorate the date of adoption of the text of the Convention on Biological Diversity on May 22, 1992. It was ratified by our country by law national 24375 and aims to raise awareness of the importance of biodiversity for the maintenance of human activities and for life on our planet.
The objectives of the Convention on Biological Diversity are the conservation of biological diversity, the sustainable use of its components and the fair and equitable sharing of the benefits arising from the utilization of genetic resources.
This is why the Renewable Natural Resources Branch, dependent on the Ministry of the Environment and Territorial Planning, carries out various programs related to this subject. This, in its capacity as provincial law enforcement authority over native flora and fauna and as part of Goal 15 of the Sustainable Development Goals: “Protect, restore and promote the sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems”. , sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, halt and reverse land degradation and halt the loss of biological diversity”.
In this sense, we are working on strategies for the conservation of our fauna through programs such as, among others, the conservation of the Andean condor and the establishment of evacuation ramps for Australian tanks for the protection of birds, in especially raptors, in the eastern part of our province.
Work is also underway on monitoring and implementing protection measures for species such as the Pehuenche frog, as well as coordinating with civil society organizations to reintroduce native species rescued in the fight against trafficking. illegal wildlife.
One of the greatest risk factors for biodiversity is the presence of invasive alien species. For this reason, policies are put in place to control the species present in our province, such as the dydimo algae and the red deer, among others.
Recently, the regulations relating to the authorization of scientific research on the provincial territory having for object the biodiversity of our territory and the access to the associated genetic resources came into effect. It includes regulatory adaptation to implement the Nagoya Protocol, ratified by our country through National Law 27246.
Regarding the conservation of flora, the application of legislation is carried out to protect our native forest. Thus, policies of sustainable use and harmonization with activities such as livestock are implemented, through forest management with integrated livestock.
The Native Species Germplasm Bank was also launched for the conservation of the genetic material of our flora and as a tool for the restoration of degraded areas, functioning as a seed bank.
Programs are also carried out to control and eradicate invasive species, such as rosehip and tamarind. It should be noted that our province has an extensive network of protected natural areas, each of which is a biodiversity protection and conservation area.
All these policies, among others, are part of the strategy for the protection, conservation and restoration of our biological diversity.