Fundación Villavicencio was created in 2015 to manage the Villavicencio Natural Reserve and to actively participate in the collaborative development of eco-responsible citizenship. Its pillars for action are education for sustainability, conservation of historical, archaeological and biological heritage, protection of water resources and support of basic and applied scientific research.
Why does it matter?
Fundación Villavicencio embodies Aguas Danone Argentina’s commitment to protecting water resources. Through it, the project helps to safeguard the ecosystem and its unique biodiversity—not only at Danone’s own sites but in other places as well—and leaving our planet better than how we found it. Fundación Villavicencio focuses on making its actions self-sustainable.
How does it work?
Fundación Villavicencio promotes scientific research in the field—with excellent results. Through an educational program, it raises visitor awareness by promoting nature conservancy and the purity of Villavicencio’s water. Its on-site rangers promote responsible tourism with respect for nature.
How does this project create value?
Fundación Villavicencio promotes technical knowledge and coordinates over 13 scientific research projects and 3 theses. Almost 5,000 children participate every year in its educational program and 240,000 people visit it annually. It also manages 72,000 hectares of natural heritage with a 21-member team including park rangers, environmental educators, tour guides, communicators and technicians. Since 2015, uninterruptedly, the Educational Visits Program to the Villavicencio Nature Reserve has been declared of educational interest by the government of the province of Mendoza. In 2017, the Reserve was declared a RAMSAR (United Nations intergovernmental convention on wetlands preservation) site.
Photo credit: Emilio Correa (Villavicencio’s Natural Reserve Park Ranger)