Fundacion Patagonia Natural

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Fundación Patagonia Natural (FPN) "is a non-governmental and non-profit organization created in July 1989 for the conservation of wildlife and the environment of Patagonia. Founded by scientists, wardens and teachers sharing a concern for Patagonia's natural environment, FPN seeks to carry out its mission based on sound research and community participation within the guiding principles of sustainable resource use.

"FPN's programs include education and courses in courses on wildlife interpretation; a variety of community programs supported from the Institutional Development Fund of the World Bank; pollution reduction programs; and involvement in strengthening the protected areas system in Patagonia." [1]

In January 2009 "The Government of Argentina signed the marine park into law in December. Its creation represents a joint effort by the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), National Parks Service of Argentina, Government of Chubut, and local partner Fundación Patagonia Natural. It also received support from the United Nations Development Programme and the Global Environment Facility.

"WCS researchers, together with Fundación Patagonia Natural, worked to ensure that the park’s boundaries would include both onshore areas and adjacent waters." [2]


"CLT worked in conjunction with Conservación Patagónica to involve the participation of one of the most prestigious environmental NGOs in Argentina, Fundación Vida Silvestre Argentina (FVSA), the idea being that FVSA would act as official buyer. Conservación Patagónica provided FVSA with the funds necessary to buy the entire estancia: the 50km of coastal line and the 66,000 hectares.

"Both Kris and Doug Tompkins were members of the committee for the design of a master plan for the new park, together with the authorities of Santa Cruz Province, the National Parks Administration, Silvia Braun (a previous owner), FVSA and the prominent naturalist Graham Harris, a member of Patagonia Natural (an NGO associated with the Wildlife Conservation Society)." [3]

Resources and articles

Related Sourcewatch articles


  1. Conservation in Patagonia, accessed June 6, 2009.
  2. 2009 is for the Birds, gef, accessed June 6, 2009.
  3. Monte León National Park, Conservation Land Trust, accessed June 6, 2009.