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Jujuy Model Forest

The Jujuy Model Forest is a civil association that performs and executes projects with the aim of contributing to the integrated management of natural resources of the Los Pericos-Springs, Jujuy province in northern Argentina.

The forest covers 1,300 square kilometers in a mountainous region, with altitudes ranging between 550 and 5,500 m asl. The Pericos watershed belongs to the region known as Valles Humedos in the Jujuy Province and comprises three provinces within its territory: Yungas, Chaco, and Prepuna. It is a mountain basin with steep slopes. Perico River Basin drains into the southeast sector of the Serrania de Chañi. The drainage network is dense and consists of the following rivers: Los Sauces, Cerro Negro, Los Morados, Uracatao, and Las Cabañas. All of these rivers either begin or are connected to the Perico river.

Of the total area (1,300 km2), approximately 300 km 2 are covered by forests, 200 km 2 by tall grassland and 5 km 2 by planted forests. The rest of the area includes roads, dams and fields for crops.

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Strategic Plan for Climate Change Adaptation in the Jujuy Model Forest

In the framework of EcoAdapt project, the Jujuy Model Forest Association (ABMJ), along with project scientists and a range of local actors, worked on the construction of the climate change adaptation JMF. The strategic plan hinges on actions to address the main problems identified in the Perico - Manantiales watershed. Taking the Model Forest’s political context into account, the Plan was constructed with key actors from local communities, public institutions and the private sector. Despite the plan has some strategic actions for addressing climate change adaptation form local experiences, the principal action implemented in the territory was the irrigation efficiency. This initiative is implemented in El Cadillal area, specifically in el Pongo farm, Perico, Jujuy. This initiative covers an area of 137 hectares, with 33 farmers growing vegetables, flowers and strawberries.

This pilot action will address the difficulties identifi­ed by family farmers regarding water scarcity from August to December, the drought period when the demand for water is much higher because of irrigation required for family farming.

Information of this plan is only  available in Spanish in the following link: