PROTECTED PRODUCTIVE LANDSCAPE (PPP*) bringing production closer to nature

Fundación ProYungas
Publié: 05 mai 2021
Dernière modification: 05 juillet 2021
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In many developing countries, the expansion of the agricultural frontier and its effects on natural ecosystems have led societies to discuss the need for curbing the growth of production activities. This creates a paradox given that these countries, in turn, require more production to rebuild their national economy. In this respect, ProYungas Foundation has developed the concept of "Protected Productive Landscape", which derives from the Category V of the IUCN ("Protected Landscape"). But the novel part of this idea is that it puts production activities as the central point in the generation of economic, technical and political resources necessary for the preservation of the natural environment where these production activities take place. This concept places the production sector as the focal point of action, shifting it from the "problem side" to the "solution side".  Currently, more than 300,000 hectares are being managed under this concept in critical ecosystems (Yungas and Chaco) in northern Argentina and Paraguay.


Amérique du Sud
Échelle de la mise en œuvre
Terres cultivées
Zones humide (marécage, marais, tourbière)
Écosystème agricole
Écosystèmes d'eau douce
Acteurs locaux
Adaptation au changement climatique
Atténuation du changement climatique
Braconnage et la criminalité environnementale
Cadre juridique et politique
Connectivité / conservation transfrontières
Distribution d'eau et gestion des ressources en eau
Financement durable
Fragmentation et la dégradtion de l'habitat
Gestion de feu
Gestion des bassins versants
Gestion des déchets
Gestion des ressources forestières
Gestion et Planification des Aires protégées et conservées
Gouvernance des Aires protégées et conservées
L'intégration de la biodiversité
Moyens d'existence durables
Planification spatiale terrestre
Prévention de l'érosion
Science et recherche
Sensibilisation et communications
Services écosystèmiques
Standards/ certification
Sécurité alimentaire
Traitment des eaux usées
Énergies renouvelables
Dégradation des terres et des forêts
Perte de biodiversité
Utilisations conflictuelles / impacts cumulatifs
Perte de l'écosystème
Pollution (y compris eutrophisation et déchets)
Manque d'accès au financement à long terme
Chômage / pauvreté
Objectifs de Développement Durable
ODD 6 - Eau propre et assainissement
ODD 12 - Consommation et production responsables
ODD 13 - Mesures relatives à la lutte contre les changements climatiques
ODD 15 - Vie terrestre
ODD 17 - Partenariats pour la réalisation des objectifs
Obectifs d'Aichi
Objectif 1: Sensibilisation accrue de la biodiversité
Objectif 4: Production et consommation durables
Objectif 7: Agriculture, aquaculture et sylviculture durable
Objectif 8: Pollution réduite
Objectif 11: Aires protégées et conservées
Objectif 14: Services des écosystèmes
Objectif 15: Restauration et la résilience des écosystèmes
Objectif 17: Stratégies de la biodiversité et des plans d'action
Objectif 19: Partage de l'information et de la connaissance
Objectif 20: Mobiliser toutes les ressources disponibles
Approches pour l’engagement des entreprises
Engagement direct avec une entreprise
Engagement direct avec des associations


San Miguel de Tucumán - Provincia de Tucumán - Argentina | Departamento Ledesma, Provincia de Jujuy, Argentina, Ramón Lista - Provincia de Formosa - Argentina, Boquerón - Paraguay, Presidente Hayes - Paraguay


In many countries, mainly developing countries, the expansion of the agricultural frontier and its effects on natural ecosystems have led societies to discuss the need for curbing the growth of production activities. This creates a paradox given that these countries, in turn, require more production to rebuild their national economy. 
The COVID-19 pandemic combined with several natural disasters increase this difficulty, creating greater conflict between production activities and the preservation of nature. People from various sectors assure that this pandemic has its origin in human pressure on natural systems, and set out the need for a different, more proactive and more "healthy or sustainable" connection with nature. How can we improve, innovate and increase production activities -the economic engine of our countries-, and in turn make higher commitments to protect the natural capital necessary for our societies? That is the challenge!


The beneficiaries are the companies, cooperatives or producer associations that can associate their products with specific actions to protect nature.
Also, communities benefit from the regional environmental services.

Comment les blocs constitutifs interagissent-ils entre eux dans la solution?

Las 5 líneas de acción interactúan naturalmente entre sí y van evolucionando en forma paralela e independiente, a excepción de la Planificación Territorial que es la base de todo el proceso. A medida que mejora la comunicación interna se van “empoderando” del proceso los actores del PPP, ello genera más compromiso y articulación entre sí. Esto va contribuyendo a mejorar la imagen interna de los procesos asociados a los distintos productos y ello va generando más exposición pública externa y, por lo tanto, más compromiso en ir mejorando las buenas prácticas en el marco de un proceso de mejora continua. En ese sentido, las 5 líneas de acción son vitales para llegar con éxito al concepto de PPP, que contribuya ciertamente a proteger los servicios ambientales que rodean al núcleo productivo y que ello sea valorado por la sociedad.

Les impacts positifs

Up to this point, seven (7) companies have adopted this model (a sugar mill, three (3) citrus companies, a small-scale cattle producers association, a farming and agricultural cooperative and 5 cattle producers grouped together). And there are seven (7) NGOs which are partners of the program (ProYungas, TNC, WCS, Moisés Bertoni Foundation, Hábitat y Desarrollo, FCBC, AAPRESID). This encompasses three ecoregions (Yungas, Chaco Seco and Chaco Húmedo), almost 150,000 ha of wild land, some 37 species of large and medium-sized mammals, and more than 250 species of birds. Among the products produced in these areas, we can mention sugar, alcohol, paper, citrus fruits (oranges, tangerines, lemons), beef and dairy products.


Fundación ProYungas

In 2000, with the arrival of soybean in Argentina, the deforestation rate went from tens of thousands of hectares to more than 200,000 ha/year. This expansion first occurred on lands already used for farming or livestock production. Later on, soybean crops spread to subtropical wild ecosystems of high environmental value in northern Argentina. In this context, the main sugar mill in Argentina, the Ledesma agribusiness complex located in the province of Jujuy, presented an environmental impact study (approved by the competent authority) to expand 1000 hectares of the sugar cane area. Even though this number is marginal compared to the total agricultural area of the country (500,000 ha of sugar cane in 37.5 million agricultural hectares), environmental organizations focused their attention on this company (which does not grow soybean) to highlight the problem of deforestation.
Due to our territorial involvement in northwestern Argentina, where the mill is located, we were invited by environmental organizations to technically “explain” to the company the reasons of the legal actions they were taking against them. From this new relationship between a large company and an environmental CSO, we came up with a proposal to make a land-use planning of the 150,000 ha (50,000 hectares in production + 100,000 wild hectares) owned by Ledesma. With this plan, the company moved forward with the expansion project, with the formal commitment to privately protect the 100,000 wild hectares (rain forests and wetlands). We later on called this experience of territorial planning at a property scale “Protected Productive Landscape”. Subsequently, environmental organizations suggested the convenience of transferring this initiative to the rest of the forested area of Jujuy (around 1.1 million ha); a proposal that was accepted by the provincial government assuming that these processes are necessary and imperative. 
The experience was then transferred to a national scale through a Law of Minimum Budgets for Environmental Protection of Native Forests (Law No 26,331), reaching all of Argentina's native forests over an area of about 30 million hectares. This mandatory land-use planning of native forest involved zoning the forests into categories. Voluntarily and partly motivated by the enactment of this law, a group of companies, mainly from the citrus and forestry sector, joined the PPP concept, involving an additional 300,000 hectares, in the provinces of Tucumán, Salta and Misiones.

Contribué par

Alejandro Brown