The President Alberto Fernández formalized through Decree 65/2022 the creation of the Wild Nature Reserve “Parque Federal Campo San Juan”, in Misioneswhich has an area of more than 5,000 hectares of fields and weeds and it is an ecoregion that represents about 1% of the national territory, it was officially reported.
In October 2021, after a tour of Campo San Juan, the Minister of Environment and Sustainable Development, Juan Cabandié, signed an agreement with the province of Misiones to advance with the protected natural area located on National Route No. 12 of the town of Santa Ana, in the department of Candelaria.
We took the step for a new protected area in our country.
🌴 In the province of #Missionsmore than 5 thousand hectares of fields and weeds will formally become the Campo San Juan Federal Park.
— Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development (@AmbienteNacion) February 2, 2022
To finalize the project, the articulated management of the Nation with the province was required for the creation of a new protected area figure such as the federal park, the environment portfolio detailed in a statement.
Meanwhile, they added that “it is about the first park of its kind, co-managed with a province” and explained that the area has a great value as a natural area.
It also has “historical and cultural importance” for containing material remains of the old “San Juan” sugar mill, declared Cultural Heritage and Tourist Heritage of Misiones.
“It is the first experience of creating a federal park, which will allow co-management with the province of Misiones; President Alberto Fernández asks us to deepen federalism and with the creation of this protected area we are advancing on that path, taking care of our ecosystems and biodiversity,” said Cabandié.
In addition, the official pointed out that “the creation of protected areas is a priority for our administration” and specified that together with the Campo San Juan Federal Park, “the national government put three special legislative sessions on the agenda bills on the matter: the formation of the Ansenuza National Park in Córdoba, Lobos Islet in Río Negro and the Agujero Azul Benthic Marine Protected Area”.
Meanwhile, the minister added: “We have to continue advancing in new projects such as the Laguna National Park, Palmar de Chaco and the extensions of the Pre-Delta national parks of Entre Ríos, Aconquija de Tucumán or Islas de Santa Fe, among others. With these initiatives, more than 700,000 hectares of land and 164,000 square kilometers of sea are protected.”
For him President of the National Parks Administration (APN), Lautaro Erratchú, Campo San Juan Federal Park “have a high ecological value because it preserves representative samples of the ecoregion of fields and weeds and our commitment is to take care of all these natural assets“.
For the management of the park, the National Parks Administration (APN) of the national Ministry of the Environment will assign its own personnel for preventive control and surveillance tasks to be carried out jointly and in coordination with the province.
Also, they will create a Management Advisory Commission that will be in charge of evaluating and proposing management and conservation actions and existing natural resources, while 30% of the total income generated by the park will be acquired by the province. .
The APN will preside over the commission, which will also be made up of two representatives of the Administration, two representatives of the province and a mayor designated by the APN.