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The members of GEAP believe that our academic work must reach society. Our outreach to society is carried out through the following activities.
Communicating the importance of biodiversity in pampean agroecosystems

Wild species in agricultural ecosystems are important to maintain key ecosystem functions. As part of different projects which objective are valuing species and the environments that harbor them we regularly offer presentations for farmers with whom we have worked along the years. We have already been at La Dulce (Necochea county), Azul and Olavarría. Along with the talk we distribute field guides and posters to stimulate bird watching as a sustainable recreational activity.

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Screening of the documentary "GRAN CHACO" under the frame of CISEN4
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As part of the Fourth International Congress of Ecosystem Services in the Neotropics (CISEN4) in September 2015 the documentary GRAN CHACO was showed in the Espacio Cultural Unzué at Mar del Plata city. GRAN CHACO (produced by the Faculty of Agronomy of the Universidad de Buenos Aires and directed by Lucas Van Esso) unmasks the socio-environmental conflicts that affect the largest woodland in the world after Amazonia. The activity counted with the presence of the movie director and of renowned researchers, who presented their research after the movie screening.
With the presence of more than 150 atendees, the debate turned on the role of the State, the society and academics over the conservation of this important region.

Lucas Van Esso, director del documental Gran Chaco Debate entre asistentes e investigadores luego de la proyeccion del documental Debate entre asistentes e investigadores luego de la proyeccion del documental
What do we know about geese?
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In October 2013 we carried out a debate on "What do we know about geese?" at the Chacra Experimental Barrow in the city of Tres Arroyos, with 30 atendees, among them farmers and other social actors related to the subject. The talks were based on information collected during the years of the study. Thus, we designed interviews with farmers with the objective of assessing the perception and valuation of geese species as biological heritage in the counties San Cayean San Cayetano, Tres Arroyos and Necochea, Buenos Aires province. In addition, we planned the interviews to be conducted in San Cayetano, Necochea, Tres Arroyos, Villarino, Carmen de Patagones and Púan under the frame of the above mentioned project. During the workshop, we worked on the comprehension of the farmers perception of the species under study and the prefered control strategies to decrease damages to crops, which is crucial for the management of conflicts between wild fauna and agricultural production. As the information on the biology of geese species is scarce and, specifically, there are no assessments of the existence and magnitude of damages that these birds produce on agricultural systems, we conducted a debate on this topic which produced an interchange of information that will be useful for future decison making. This last workshop open to stakeholders allowed us to communicate the problem with geese associated to their valuation as capital natural and current status as plague.

Co-design of an environmental managemente indicator system for farms in NE Santiago del Estero
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This work is a collaborative process carried out by farmer associations such as the Chacha Sachayoj and the CREA Sachayoj Group, the Rural Extension Agency (AER) of INTA in Sachayoj, the Quimilí Agricultural Experimental Station of INTA and the GEAP. The objective is to co-design a monitoring system for environmental management indicators of farms, in response to demands from farmers to know and monitor the productive and environmental performance of their activities. The co-design of an indicator monitoring system consists of the generation of agreements between the parties involved (farmers, extension agents and researchers) about what for and how to track the biophysical processes that are most affected by the management practices and whose changes are important for the sustainability of agricultural production. The monitoring system implies that the technical advisers of the farmers groups will coordinate the registration and systematization of the information on the environmental management indicators of the farms they advise, who will centralize this information for further analysis by the researchers, who will be responsible for communicating to the groups and farmers the results of the analyzes in a synthetic and periodic way. Farmers will have information on the productive and environmental performance of their activity, which allows them a continuous improvement of their management.

Colaborating with the Management Plan of the Natural Reserve "Parque Atlántico Mar Chiquito"
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The GEAP, along with other members of INTA and CONICET, held workshops in 2017 with local stakeholders within the framework of the Management Committee of the UNESCO Reserve "Parque Mar Chiquito" in the province of Buenos Aires, Argentina. The aim of these workshops was to provide tools to help set up a management plan for the reserve, from a participatory governance approach, that is, a planning of the area in which all the social actors that depend on the reserve to survive and carry out tasks of tourism, recreation, education and research are involved. The workshops were conducted through the ARDI process (Michel Etienne, Derick R. Du Toit, Sharon Pol, 2011), which is a co-construction method for the participatory modelling of management of natural resources. Within this process of workshops it was possible to recognize that the problems that are associated to the Reserve is the degradation of the wetland. As far as we could observe, it is the actors, resources, processes and interactions that lead to further degradation of the wetland. It is important to take this into account for the sustainable management of the area.

taller del comité de gestion Mar Chiquita equipo del geap durante los talleres resultados del proceso ARDI
Nest boxes for barn owls: a way of promoting biological control of rodents
Lechuza de los campanarios. Foto (c)Pablo Dolsan

Rodents in the rural areas cause problems by transmiting diseases like hantavirus, argentine hemorragic fever and leptospirosis. Their control by chemical means implies risks for rural populations, thus making it preferable to use biological control methods, like predation by barn owls (Tyto alba). By innitiative of a group of associates of Agricultores Federados Argentinos (AFA) we built and installed nest boxes to facilitate the colonization of barn owls in strategic places (home steads, barns, etc.). Students of secondary schools of Santa Fe province built twenty nest boxes and distributed them among members of the cooperative. Along with them, we are monitoring their occupation by barn owls in order to improve the design and assess the important service that these birds offer. This work is possible thanks to the support of the Ministry of Education through its Secretary of University Policy and the cooperative Agricultores Federados Argentinos.

Contruccion de cajas nido por alumno de escuela agrotécnica Instalando cajas nido en un campo Caja nido para lechuza de los campanarios
Collaborating with the conservation of biodiversity in pampean agroecosystems
Folleto refugios biodiversidad

In 2014, as a result of a first contact with Dr Marcos Grigioni, we established a relationship whith the cooperative Agricultores Federados Argentinos (AFA) for the preservation of non-cultivated areas in farms, that can act as sources of biodiversity. We also built and installed nest boxes for barn owls, with the objective of controlling rodents that transmit hemorragic fevers. The initiative, that was originated by the motivation of the Women Group of the cooperative, is supported by the Ministry of Education. The work is carried out with a citizen science approach, where social actors participate in the process of research generating and collecting the information themselves, with the guide of members of GEAP.

El Dr Federico Weyland exponiendo sobre biodiversidad El Dr Marcos Grigioni expone sobre servicios ecosistémicos y salud en el medio rural Cartel en campo con refugios de biodiversidad
Joint actions for the management of geese in Southern Buenos Aires Province
Productores durante la jornada de cauquenes

The objective of this workshop was to participatively analyze the current situation of geese in Southern Buenos Aires province, with the aim to work in joint actions for their management. This workshop was a first aproximation where we worked along researchers, technical advisors of the public (INTA and CRII outreachers, etc.) and private sectors and farmers. The event was carried out on 23th Agoust 2016 the Cooperativa Agrícola Ganadera de Orense facilities, in the province of Buenos Aires. Sponsors: Instituto Nacional de Tecnología Agropecuaria (INTA), Facultad de Ciencias Agrarias de la Universidad Nacional de Mar del Plata.

Carbono en el suelo: Estrategias de adaptación y mitigación en suelos agropecuarios

Sebastián Villarino participó como docente del curso Curso de capacitación “Carbono en el suelo: Estrategias de adaptación y mitigación en suelos agropecuarios” organizado por el El IICA, dentro del marco del Programa EUROCLIMA en abril de 2017, Bogotá (Colombia).

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Sistemas socio-ecológicos: caracterización, diagnóstico y planificación

Esta serie de videos fue desarrollada en el marco del proyecto BEST-P y está destinada a un público amplio vinculado al ordenamiento territorial. Tienen como objetivo brindar elementos conceptuales y metodologías para el proceso de ordenamiento, asociándolo al concepto de servicios ecosistémicos. Estos son los videos donde los integrantes del GEAP explican conceptos asociados a sus líneas de investigación.

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Sebastián Villarino | Expansión de la frontera agrícola, pérdidas de C y consecuencias sobre funciones y SE

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Paula Barral | Mapeo de servicios ecosistémicos con ECOSER

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Federico Weyland | Servicios ecosistémicos culturales: el caso de las oportunidades de recreación

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Matías Mastrangelo | Aportes de la psicología social al estudio del comportamiento de los productores agropecuarios

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Vulnerable socio-ecosystems
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Promotional video SEV website

Science and art provides a thoughtful and complementary perspective on ecosystems and societies that depend on them for their well-being. This site is intended as a visual journey through societies that are vulnerable by the loss of ecosystem services in the regions they inhabit, and the various strategies they adopt to reduce that vulnerability.

YOU ARE INVITED to cooperate with this initiative of VESPLAN network through its dissemination and with your own photos and reflections. This site has been created to spread cases of vulnerable communities and ecosystems, starting from Latin America but including all continents. In order to reach the widest possible audience, we have prioritized the visual language of the technical details. The corresponding photo galleries for each case are accompanied with very short texts and its geographical location on an interactive map.

To acces the project`s web please click here.

Members of GEAP explain their research lines

Esta serie de videos fue desarrollada en el marco del proyecto BEST-P y está destinada a un público amplio vinculado al ordenamiento territorial. Tienen como objetivo brindar elementos conceptuales y metodologías para el proceso de ordenamiento, asociándolo al concepto de servicios ecosistémicos. Estos son los videos donde los integrantes del GEAP explican conceptos asociados a sus líneas de investigación.

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Gustavo Giaccio tells about his research on the role of riparian vegetation strips to retain sediments and nutrients.

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Matías Mastrangelo tells us about his research with creolle farmers in the Chaco region and biodiversity conservation.

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Gisel Booman, former PhD student, tells us about the importance of water bodies in the pampas region for water purification.

7 de mayo 2019 | Mongabay

Se publicó un nuevo informe de la Plataforma Intergubernamental de Biodiversidad y Servicios Ecosistémicos (IPBES) y especialistas que participaron explican el significado de esta evaluación.

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30 de marzo 2019 | ECOS Radio Universidad

Entrevista radial A Matías Matrangelo, en la cual explica el proyecto PASANOA, los conflictos socio-ambientales en la región chaqueña y su vinculación con la Ley de Bosques Nativos.

1 de noviembre 2018 | Pampero TV

Se presentaron en Santiago del Estero los resultados del proyecto PASANOA y Matías Mastrangelo los explica en esta nota para la televisión.

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23 de mayo 2018 | Cosecha urbana

En diálogo con Télam, Lucía Bernad, investigadora del grupo de Recursos Naturales y Gestión Ambiental del INTA Balcarce (Buenos Aires) se refirió a la importancia de determinar la ruta migratoria del cauquén, ya que es esencial para identificar los recursos y sitios necesarios para la especie durante su migración anual, desde las áreas de cría hasta las de invernada, incluyendo las áreas intermedias de descanso y alimentación.

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7 de mayo 2018 | Diario La Capital de Mar del Plata

Los integrantes del GEAP Daniel Ligier y Paula Barral están colaborando con el Municipio de General Alvarado para desarrollar un Plan de Ordenamiento Territorial. En esta reunión mostraron herramientas para tal fin y el Diario La Capital cubrió el evento.

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26 de marzo 2018 | Nuevo Diario Web

Noticia sobre la jornada que se lleva a cabo en Sacháyoj (Santiago del Estero) junto a productores y pobladores locales para divulgar resultados de los trabajos allí realizados en el marco del PICTO dirigido por Matías Mastrangelo.

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4 de marzo 2018 | La Capital de Mar del Plata

Entrevista a Malena Sabatino y Nestor Maceira en ocasión la presentación de su libro “Flores de la sierra de Tandilia y sus polinizadores”, editado por INTA

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12 de enero 2018 | Revista Verde Pampa

En esta revista digital sobre temas ambientales Matías Mastrangelo explica el proceso de desarrollo de un Plan de Gestión para el Parque Atlántico Mar Chiquito, Provincia de Buenos Aires, mediante un proceso participativo con actores sociales locales.

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8 de junio 2017 | Telam

Alejandra Auer explica el valor de los servicios ecosistémicos culturales.

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4 de octubre 2016 | Cosecha Urbana

Entrevista radial en el programa “Cosecha Urbana”, que se emite diariamente por streaming entre las 14 y 14.30 horas, Radio TELAM. Lucía Bernad habla sobre la importancia de conservar los cauquenes.

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Julio 2016 | Caminante del Sur

En este portal, Lucía Bernad y Julieta Pedrana informan sobre el estudio de las rutas migratorias de los cauquenes mediante seguimiento satelital.

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1 de junio 2016 | Radio Nacional

Lucía Bernad habla en este programa radial sobre el estudio que está llevando a cabo sobre las rutas migratorias del cauquén colorado.

31 de mayo 2016 | El Liberal

Una nota sobre el trabajo realizado por Matías Mastrangelo junto a otros investigadores argentinos y alemanes en el Noroeste Argentino, buscando formas sustentables de producción.

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12 de abril 2016 | Portal CONICET

Integrantes de la línea de investigación de Valoración Socio-ecológica de la Biodiversidad comentan su trabajo sobre el cauquén colorado, una especie antiguamente considerada plaga y hoy protegida debido a que se encuentra en peligro de extinción.

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1 de diciembre 2015 | ABC Rural

En esta nota realizada por el programa ABC Rural Federico Weyland explica los objetivos del proyecto que resultara ganador en la VI Edición del Fondo de Conservación Ambiental del Banco Galicia.

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6 de octubre 2015 | Portal CONICET

Matías Mastrangelo y Federico Weyland elaboraron esta nota sobre servicios ecosistémicos para el sitio web de CONICET.

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24 de septiembre 2015 | Pampero TV

Pampero TV, el primer programa de agro y alimentos producido en la ciudad de Trenque Lauquen junto al INTA, es emitido por la TV Pública de Argentina. En esta breve nota, Matías Mastrangelo comenta el concepto de servicios ecosistémicos y se invita a participar de CISEN4, congreso organizado por integrantes del GEAP.

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12 de junio de 2015 | Entrevista televisiva en "Panorama Agropecuario"

El programa "Panorama Agropecuario" se emite en las ciudades de Balcarce y Mar del Plata (Provincia de Buenos Aires) y es conducido por el Ing. Hernán Viera. En esta edición, Matías Mastrangelo habla sobre el concepto de Servicios Ecosistémicos y su vinculación con la producción agropecuaria en Argentina.

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2 de junio de 2015 | Entrevista a Nestor Maceira por INTA TV

Testimonios en ocasión del taller de Pre-Congreso de Servicios Ecosistémicos en Entre Ríos.

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14 de junio de 2010 | Entrevista televisiva en "Panorama Agropecuario"

Esta nota en Panorama Agropecuario muestra información de cría de ñandúes con entrevistas a Néstor Maceira y Lucía Bernad y sobre un Taller Sostenibilidad de la cadena de valor de la carne y cuero de ñandúes que se realizó el 31 de mayo y 1 de junio de 2010 en INTA EEA Balcarce, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

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