Location and Values: Los Glaciares National Park is located in the Patagonian Andes of southern Argentina, along the border with Chile. As its name suggests, it is a land of icefields and glaciers (which cover about half the area), set within the spectacular landscape of towering rock peaks, glacial lakes, and wide expanses of the Patagonian Steppe. It is an area of outstanding beauty, with remarkable landscape diversity over a range of elevation from 200m to the rocky peak of Cerro Fitzroy at 3,375m. Its most well-known feature is the Perito Moreno Glacier, a 60m-high wall of bluish ice that feeds into Lake Argentino, constantly discharging massive icebergs into the murky water with a spectacular crash. Los Glaciares adjoins Chile’s Torres del Paine and Bernardo O’Higgins National Parks, creating a protected area complex of impressive scale in this part of the Patagonian Andes.
Conservation Status and Prospects. According to IUCN’s Conservation Outlook Assessment (2017) the conservation status of Los Glaciares National Park is ‘good, with some concerns’. The IUCN report notes that ‘there are some concerns about mass tourism seasonally reaching excessive levels with tourism infrastructure starting to affect the landscape beauty (despite its location outside of the property for the most part). At all times, introduced species of flora and fauna have been having impacts on the ecosystem, with feral cattle being one of the more obvious examples. There is some concern over the effectiveness of fire management, anti-poaching law enforcement and tourism management. Moreover, hydropower dam construction outside the property could result in important impacts in the property, if it were to proceed.’
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