The process of reopening the National Parks begins in Argentina
Lanín National Park is the first to have a Phase I Partial Reopening Plan based on compliance with established protocols
The National Parks Administration (APN), in conjunction with the Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development, approved the Guidelines for the Preparation of Phased Reopening Plans for Protected Areas during the COVID-19 pandemic, thus initiating the process for the progressive return of activities in National Parks.
These guidelines must be followed, along with the protocols established by the national health authorities, both for reopening and for carrying out all tourist, recreational, cultural and / or social activities in the protected areas under the jurisdiction of the APN.
"Phased reopens in the Parks will be carried out with a very strict system to monitor the evolution of each of the procedures that are adopted. It is essential to protect the health of workers, communities, residents, visitors and service providers, "said the Minister of Environment and Sustainable Development, Juan Cabandié.
Likewise, the president of National Parks, Daniel Somma, maintained that “the established procedure involves other local actors gathered in the Emergency Operations Committees (COE) and the protocols of the health authorities; reason why it is necessary to respect the times of resolution of each one of these instances of analysis to optimize the decision making on the management of the situation in the protected natural areas ”.
The plans to reopen the protected areas will be approved by the agency's National Operations Directorate based on the proposal of each area and its accompaniment by the approval of the local health authorities. In other words, the total restriction on the entry of visitors and the suspension of activities remain in force until its reopening is decided, according to each particular case.
In this sense, the approved document has the objective of establishing general guidelines aimed at guiding the protected areas of the system in the planning and preparation of their reopening plans, within the framework of the transition and flexibility of the measure of social isolation, preventive and mandatory.
Lanín National Park became the first protected area in the system to have an approved Phase I Partial Reopening Plan for the gradual return of its activities, based on compliance with established protocols.
On the other hand, to the extent that the reopening of national parks is carried out, the initiative promoted by the Minister of Environment and Sustainable Development, Juan Cabandié, for the progressive reduction and specific ban of plastics in a only use in protected areas. With this recently approved decision, the process to eliminate these components that impact the environment and endanger biodiversity will begin.