A non-government, non-profit organization, founded in 1999, dedicated to the conservation of nature.


To promote the conservation of the biological diversity in Argentina, by carrying out activities related to scientific research, technology transfer, environmental education, and managing different programs and projects on conservation and sustainable use in the field.


To focus on the conservation of biodiversity by valuing native ecosystems and transforming non-sustainable practices into practices that are compatible with protecting nature and the environment.


Sustainable development, biological diversity, the conservation of nature, the use of knowledge as the foundation of decision-making, and respect for different life styles of those who inhabit the territory.


Founders - 1999

Obdulio Menghi

Biologist, with postgraduate degrees from the University of Geneva, Switzerland, and other major European universities. Former Scientific Coordinator and Head of the Scientific Unit of the Secretariat of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). Distinguished with several international awards, such as Leader in Conservation, awarded by the IVth International Congress on Wildlife Management in Amazonia and Latin America. Menghi collaborates with many European universities and regularly offers seminars and conferences on practicing sustainability at the governmental level, in different countries.


Mario Gustavo Costa

Former Chamber Judge and Member of the Federal Court of the Argentine Nation. He has been involved in environmental conservation for over thirty years. He was president of the Asociación Aves Argentinas, member of the Advisory Council of the ECOSUR Foundation, and Founding Member and former Technical Director of Fundación Vida Silvestre Argentina (FVSA). He has been a criminal prosecutor and an examining judge. His concern for environmental topics has motivated him to lead courses on Criminal and Environmental Law, and participate in books and publications on the subject.


Oscar Araiz

Choreographer of international trajectory with significant artistic activity in Argentina. Director of the Ballet of the Teatro Colón, Founder of the Ballet of the Teatro San Martín, Director of eight years of the Ballet of the Grand Theater of Geneva, with tours in different European and Asian countries (China, Japan), and in the United States. He has collaborated with his choreographic productions in fundraising for specific projects of conservation of endangered wildlife.

Luis Ascot

Pianist. Honorary Professor at the Conservatory of Music of Geneva (Switzerland). He has developed an intense musical activity in the international arena in recital or as a soloist with the most acclaimed orchestras. Sensitive to humanitarian and environmental problems that occur on our planet, he has regularly participated in benefit concerts to improve health and mitigate poverty, as well as for the conservation of endangered species, mainly in Latin America.


Lilian Corra

Medical Doctor, specialized in neonatology at the National University of Buenos Aires. Postgraduate in Perinatology from the National Institute of Perinatology, Mexico City. She was a member of the Environmental Education group of Fundación Vida Silvestre Argentina (FVSA). She is a founding member and presides over the Association of Physicians for the Environment (AAMMA). Among other important acknowledgements, she has been awarded the UNEP GLOBAL 500 Prize.


Marcos García Rams

Agricultural producer and naturalist with a long career in conservation issues of the Esteros del Iberá, province of Corrientes (Argentina). The Estancia San Juan Poriahu -which he manages- is a refuge for wildlife well known for its scenic and biological values. The activities he carries out by disseminating the advantages of ecotourism and nature conservation place him as one of the most important references in the country.


Board of Directors



  • Member of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

  • Executive Office of the IUCN Species Survival Commission Boa and Python Specialist Group – From August 2011 to December 2020


  • World Land Trust

  • National Parks Administration of Argentina

  • Secretariat for the Environment and Sustainable Development of the Nation (Argentina)

  • Argentine Association of Physicians for the Environment (AAMMA)

  • Leloir Institute Foundation

  • Iberá Reserve Foundation

  • EcoSur Foundation

  • Civil Association of Artisans and Producers of San Pedro Nolasco de Los Molinos, Salta. Argentina