The first 50,000 square metres of forest safeguarded thanks to the “One like one forest” initiative have been assigned to El Pantanoso Reserve. The initiative aimed to protect one square metre of forest for every new follower of LifeGate’s Facebook page.
El Pantanoso Reserve, located in the heart of the Yungas Biosphere Reserve, Argentina, was established by UNESCO in 2001 in order to conserve the rich nature of pre-Andean areas and improve local communities’ conditions. It is a private reserve that extends over 5,000 hectares and is managed by La Torbiera zoological society, located on the eastern border of Calilegua Park. Within the area there are numerous animal species: 300 different bird species, more than 80 species of mammals and thousands of amphibians, reptiles and invertebrate fish.
Within the reserve there are three bungalows that function as base camps for various operations against poaching, illegal deforestation and for scientific research. All these preservation activities entail direct involvement of local communities, in order for them to improve their quality of life through sustainable resource management.