Jujuy Model Forest

In a nutshell

The Jujuy Model Forest emerged from the need to solve some environmental, social and economic problems in the region, involving all stakeholders and related entities in the search for solutions.

Education and awareness regarding the proper use of natural resources, improvement in the quality of life of low-income populations, as well as the creation of opportunities for sustainable development are tasks in which the Model Forest generates the spaces of interaction, dialogue and consensus-building to take actions that will provide solutions and/or concrete alternatives to the situations posed by the people and local institutions. There are many educational establishments at different levels in which it is necessary to foster contributions in these areas, as well as the possibilities of employment and productivity.

The challenge continues to be articulating the work of public agencies, private companies and community or social organizations in their effort to improve governance in the area, therefore positively influencing other areas of the province and the region.


The Model Forest landscape consists of the Perico River basin and the Manantiales area (linked to the River by paleo-channels), in the Province of Jujuy. The wooded areas belong to different altitudinal levels of the Tucumano-Oranense or Yungas forest and transition zones to Chaco environments, so the biodiversity in the area is highly valuable, with endemic and protected species. They also include periglacial environments for which conservation is of vital importance for the provision of good quality water to the inhabitants in the area.

The agricultural activity contributes to around 30% of the Provincial Gross Product, and in the past years, the commercial activity has grown strongly. The population has one of the most accelerated levels of growth in the province, which implies increased progressive pressure throughout the area, particularly in the urban and peri-urban areas of the cities that are part of the basin.


A governing body made up of representatives of 27 public, private and non-governmental institutions manages the Jujuy Model Forest. This body defines the strategic lines and agrees on the projects to be executed.

A Board of Directors oversees the administrative procedures related to the Model Forest, while a Technical Team manages the specific fieldwork.


Strategic goals:

  • Generating and executing projects that serve the good of the community;
  • Strengthening the effective participation of existing and potential partners;
  • Providing a space for dialogue and consensus in the achievement of common and relevant objectives.

Key actions in place to reach these goals:

  • Conservation and management of forests of special interest for their biodiversity and to maintain the stability of the biomes and the watershed in general;
  • Support of the productive sector through the implementation of improvements in cultivation practices, as well as innovations for the efficient use of water at low cost;
  • Educational and awareness activities with entities of different types (schools, NGOs, etc.).

Key impacts:

  • Interaction between institutions who, in the past, did not work together;
  • Increased cooperation and solidarity, including the promotion of volunteer work, especially with students from our country and abroad;
  • Improvements in forest care and productivity, particularly in the case of small producers with limited economic resources;
  • Active and collaborative work with private companies of this field for the conservation and/or management of native forest stands and agro-productive landscapes.

Learn more about Jujuy Model Forest

video: Eficiencia de Riego en el Bosque Modelo Jujuy (in Spanish)

video: Visita virtual del Bosque Modelo Jujuy (in Spanish)

Important recognitions:

  • FAO selection of the Jujuy Model Forest as a case with exemplary features due to the chain of good forestry practices implemented (published case)
  • Recognition by the Ministry of Education of the Province of Jujuy to the nursery of Yungas native forest species, created and managed by the Jujuy Model Forest, for its contribution to education through practical activities in schools.
  • Invitations and selections as panelists and speakers to Congresses, Forums and Dialogue Tables (World Forestry Congress, Dialogue for Leadership in Latin America, etc.).

Publications and lectures by the Jujuy Model Forest Team:

  • Outon V., Escalier I., Molina A., Calapeña J., Re G., Moschione F., Bouchet J. (2013): ”HOLCIM-Bosque Modelo Jujuy: una alianza estratégica exitosa en el camino de la generación de conciencia y la cooperación para la gestión de bosques privados”. Ponencia realizada en el III Congreso Latino Americano de IUFRO; Resúmenes del Congreso; San José, Costa Rica.
  • Aguirre, S., Outon, V. (2010): “Un Modelo de Manejo Forestal Sostenible para el Chaco Americano”; p. 199 – 202 en: “Casos Ejemplares de Manejo Forestal Soste­nible en América Latina y el Caribe”; FAO y Junta de Castilla y León, Santiago, Chile.
  • Outon V., Schillinger R., Williams P. Braun-Wilke R., Díaz G. (2009): “Desarrollo sustentable participativo en una cuenca hidrográfica de Montaña. Bosque Modelo Jujuy, Provincia de Jujuy, Argentina”. Actas del XIII Congreso Forestal Mundial, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
  • Williams P., Outon V., (2009): Cartilla de divulgación “Producir árboles para la finca“; Programa Nuevas Raíces.
  • Outon V., Escalier I. (2008): “Estudio de Vegetación, cartografía, plan de manejo y rehabilitación de canteras Mineras. Finca Minetti-Bosque Modelo Jujuy”. Actas del I Congreso Iberoamericano de Bosques Modelo; Soria, Junta de Castilla y León, España.
  • Schillinger R., Outon V., Cáu Cattán A., Núñez R. (2008): “Preservación, conocimiento y desarrollo de la cuenca Perico-Manantiales”. Actas del I Congreso Iberoamericano de Bosques Modelo; Soria, Junta de Castilla y León, España.
  • Williams P., Outon V., Tolaba J., Berno A. (2008): “Banco de semillas y vivero de árboles nativos: una experiencia que contribuye a la sustentabilidad ambiental y la integración social”. Actas del I Congreso Iberoamericano de Bosques Modelo; Soria, Junta de Castilla y León, España.
  • Outon V., (2007): Estudio de Vegetación Finca Minetti; Asociación Bosque Modelo Jujuy; Grupo Minetti S.A.; sin Referato (see bmj.org.ar).
  • Williams P., Outon V., (2007): Cartilla de divulgación “Planificación del Componente Forestal en Fincas Agrícolas“; Programa Nuevas Raíces.
  • Williams, P., V. Outon (2006): Cartilla de divulgación “Los Arboles, Plantación y cuidados“; Programa Nuevas Raíces.
  • Williams, P., V. Outon (2006): Cartilla de divulgación “La sustentabilidad de los recursos naturales en agroecosistemas“; Programa Nuevas Raíces.
  • Outon V., P. Williams, (2006): Cartilla de divulgación “Nuestros Árboles“; Programa Nuevas Raíces
  • Kulemeyer J.J. y Outon V. (2003): Descripción de la Cuenca Los Pericos – Manan­tiales. Informe Diagnóstico. Documento FAO TCP/ARG-2802 (a) Junio, 2003 “Manejo Sustentable de ecosistemas forestales de la cuenca Los Pericos – Manantiales”
  • Outon, V. et al (2002): Propuesta Bosque Modelo Jujuy: Gestión integral de la Cuenca Los Pericos-Manantiales; Documento para la implementación del Programa Internacional de Bosques Modelo en un sector de la Región de Yungas de Argentina.




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