The International Seminar “Business Management in Biosphere Reserves and other Areas of High Environmental Value”, organized by the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), ProYungas Foundation, Ledesma and the Argentine Business Council for Sustainable Development (CEADS), was held on October 19-20 in the Calilegua National Park, Jujuy, Argentina. The main topic of the meeting was the role of the private sector in the implementation of biodiversity conservation strategies in Biosphere Reserves and other areas of high environmental, social and productive value.
The Round Table on Responsible Soy Association (RTRS) participated in the panel “Do certification processes strengthen environmental commitments?” with Hernán Zunino and Javier Beltrán from The Nature Conservancy; Esteban Carabelli from the Sustainable Forest Management Association (FSC) and Miguel Hernández, Director for Latin America at Bonsucro. On behalf of RTRS, Daniel Kazimierski, a member of the Technical Team, spoke about the relevance and impact of the soybean certification scheme and the importance of creating intersectoral strategic alliances as drivers of growth in the production and marketing of sustainable commodities.
Engineer Alejandro Brown, President of ProYungas Foundation, talked about the importance of the certification schemes and said: “All the certification processes, such as RTRS, come together to respect the laws, to promote social equity and fundamentally in which the productions are an active ally in the conservation of the natural goods and services”.
Engineer Lidia Brito, Director of the UNESCO Regional Office for Sciences in Latin America and the Caribbean, pointed out that “Las Yungas Reserve is a very good example of collaboration where all areas involved effectively promote the social, cultural and economic development of the region and its environmental assurance”.
This meeting also included the participation of the National Ministry of Production, the Ministry of Production and Environment of Jujuy, the Secretariat of Environment of Salta, Unidad para el Cambio Rural (UCAR), the Municipality of Filadelfia, Paraguay, Jujuy National University (UNJu), Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), The Nature Conservancy, Calilegua National Park, Mata Atlântica Biosphere Reserve, Solidaridad, Citrícola San Miguel, Citrusvil, Massalin, Arauco, Fabril Maderera and Tabacal, among others.
ProYungas Foundation is a non-profit organization engaged in conservation and sustainable development management in Las Yungas ecoregion or Subtropical Mountain Jungle and other subtropical areas in Argentina.
The main goal of the organization is to manage and implement actions on sustainable development and conservation of biodiversity in Argentina and raise collective awareness about associating productive development and social promotion with environmental preservation.
In order to achieve its goal, ProYungas promotes the connection among territorial stakeholders (government agencies, NGO’s, academic Institution, businesses, citizens, etc.) so that from their own context, they implement actions on sustainable development and conservation of biodiversity in the American Subtropical ecoregions, keeping environmental, cultural and social values.