The South American Chaco

The South American Chaco is the second-largest biome of Latin America after the Amazon. It covers about 1 million km2, encompassing vast areas of Argentina, Bolivia and Paraguay plus a small portion of Brazil. A region of rich social and environmental diversity, the Chaco faces a number of problems and challenges such as widespread poverty among the rural population, an increasing migration of the rural and Indian population, and a predatory model of natural resources exploitation. For the national governments of the countries in this region, the Chaco is of marginal importance, often relegated to the lowest priority.

For more than ten years, Avina has worked in the South American Chaco with a strategic vision to strengthen social capital in each country and encourage cross-border initiatives to promote Chaco culture and environmental, economic and social sustainability. To this end, Avina has partnered with a number of organizations seeking to promote inclusion, equality and a better quality of life for all of the region’s inhabitants.

In 2010, Avina worked closely with a wide network of partners, identifying and promoting convergences among different participants united in the formation of a shared vision for this rich and valuable area. Many agree on the need to emphasize both locally and globally the value of the South American Chaco as one of the continent’s largest forest biomes, especially when considering its biodiversity and many sustainable and inclusive practices. Avina supports this proactive convergence of interests among its Chaco allies and joins them in pursuing changes that contribute to achieving a common vision.