Ecosistemas Argentinos (EA) is a non-governmental organization founded in 2003. Its mission is to contribute to the conservation of Argentina’s ecosystems.
To achieve its mission, EA:
- preserves Argentina’s ecosystems through on-the-ground restoration as a partner of Acción Andina.
- studies Argentina's ecosystems, through research on species and their ecosystems.
- raises awareness about the conservation challenges to Argentina's ecosystems, through courses, conferences, talks and other public presentations.
- disseminates knowledge about Argentina's ecosystems through publications and documentaries.
Its forest restoration work is strongly supported by volunteer service. The accomplishments of Ecosistemas Argentinos include:
- collaborating on five forest restoration projects totaling more than 3000 hectares, (approximately 7,500 acres).
- organizing and presenting more than 30 conservation courses, including on ecological restoration.
- contributing to over 300 scientific publications as well as to books and documentary videos.
Daniel Renison is the project leader of Acción Serrana, EA’s forest restoration project supported by Acción Andina. He has been involved in the restoration of Polylepis forests since 1997. His reforestation leadership in Los Gigantes (a mountain range in Cordoba province) earned him the “Cordobés (Cordoban) of the Year” Award in 2015. Daniel is also a researcher for the National Scientific and Technical Research Council (CONICET), an Argentine federal government agency. A PhD in biology, Daniel’s areas of expertise include the ecology and management of montane forests, with an emphasis on restoration techniques for the production and reforestation of native trees, and the ecosystem service of water security.
Javier Sparacino is the project manager for Acción Serrana, EA’s restoration project. A volunteer in the restoration of Polylepis forests since 2014, he joined Acción Serrana's team in July 2019. Javier has a PhD in Physics and loves science as much as mountains and forests.
Elisa Sosa, a field coordinator of Acción Serrana since 2018, leads the reforestation work with tabaquillo (Polylepis australis) at Parque Nacional Quebrada del Condorito. She was the leader of a restoration project in the Hidric Reserve Los Manantiales, in the center of Argentina, where the main challenges were control of exotic invasive species, protection of native species, and the need to raise ecological awareness in the community.
Julio Dominguez, a field coordinator of Acción Serrana since 2018, initiated a reforestation project planting native species, including Polylepis australis, in the mountains of central and northern Argentina. The project also includes construction and maintenance of fences to protect the young trees. Julito’s eco-tourism company, WaJu Trekking & Reforestation, involves local inhabitants and brings tourists and volunteers to native forests where they collect seeds, plant seedlings, and build fences.
Walter Gonzalez, a field collaborator of Acción Serrana since 2018, lives in the Sierras Grandes de Córdoba. He is park ranger of the Reserva Hídrica Provincial Pampa de Achala and partner of Julito in the eco-tourism company WaJu Trekking & Reforestation.
Erika Daniela Muñoz, a field collaborator of Acción Serrana since 2020, is passionate about nature and dedicated to early childhood education. She was a volunteer before joining the WaJu team.
Pablo Friedlander, a field coordinator of Acción Serrana since 2018, is a PhD in Philosophy specializing in the convergence of ancient wisdom and the new ecological paradigms of science. After much field work in the Amazon, the Andes and the Atlantic Forest, Pablo became a consultant for international organizations on ethnobotany and development processes in the socio-environmental and health fields. He is a member of the Institute of Ecotechnics, and the steering committee of the Treeangle Foundation. Pablo has chaired the Biospheric Activities Foundation since 2008, as well as his Ecological Restoration and Environmental Education Project "Milking the Clouds" in the Traslasierra Valley, Córdoba.
Romina Torre, a field collaborator of Acción Serrana, is a biologist and teacher. She is also a member of the "Milking the Clouds" Project and the Scientific and Executive Coordinator of Biospheric Activities Foundation.
Mariano Bearzotti became a field coordinator of Acción Serrana in 2020. A mountain tourism guide, he is a long-time visitor to the Champaqui mountain who has witnessed its environmental degradation through the years and decided to take action and be part of the solution.
Ana Lund Petersen became a field collaborator of Acción Serrana in 2020. An agronomist, she has vast experience in gardening and landscaping with native plants.