WCS Argentina

Climate Change

Northwestern Patagonia is one of the areas in the world that is expected to be most affected by climate change, resulting in increased aridity in the Andean Patagonia Steppe Landscape over the next several decades.  This would represent a further decrease in carrying capacity of the Steppe for both wildlife and livestock, which in turn could severely threaten the livelihoods of these small-scale goat herders.  Improving husbandry of goats and developing alternative products such as cashmere will increase the economic resilience of local people to climate change, while also improving prospects for wildlife by decreasing the number of goats competing for food and water. 

WCS has also carried out a large-scale survey of rural inhabitants’ views of climate and climate change in the region. This will be used to help people whose livelihoods will be impacted by climate change make more informed decisions about managing their herds and the range.

Climate Change could also be having an effect on coastal wildlife by changing the productivity of the ocean. The breeding distribution of Magellanic penguins has drifted north over 200 miles since the 1970s apparently because the prey species of penguins has moved further north in the early part of the breeding season. Research on the possible effects of Climate Change on foraging distribution at sea of marine birds and mammals continues.

Contact

WCS Argentina
Amenabar 1595 piso 2 oficina 19, C1426AKC CABA

Key Staff

Guillermo Harris
Country Director
Lara Heidel
Coordinator of Conservation in Areas with Extractive Activities
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