Sin Azul No Hay Verde, or “No Blue No Green” in English, is a marine conservation program of the Conservation Land Trust (CLT). CLT has worked for 25 years on land conservation in Argentina and Chile, achieving the greatest land donation in conservation history there. In 2017, Kristine Tompkins, head of Tompkins Conservation and CLT, decided to take a leap forward on ocean protection. Thus, she created Sin Azul No Hay Verde, and they began advocating for marine national parks in Argentina.
The ocean accounts for almost 40% of Argentina’s territory, but only 2.6% of it is safeguarded in marine protected areas (MPAs) today. Sin Azul No Hay Verde aims to protect at least 30% of the Argentine sea by 2030 in no take MPAs that will be managed under an effective governance mechanism. Their vision is to create a network of strong Argentine MPAs and continue as an advisor on policies and decisions related to their protection. Sin Azul No Hay Verde is encouraging the Argentine government to create new, strong MPAs in their Exclusive Economic Zone.
Sin Azul No Hay Verde is pushing for the establishment of two marine protected areas in the south Patagonian sea: the Yaganes Marine National Park, Strict National Marine Reserve and National Marine Reserve (69,000 km2) and the Namuncurá – Burdwood Bank II Strict National Marine Reserve and National Marine Reserve (29,000 km2). Both marine parks would have enormous ecological value to the region.
Yaganes and Burwood Bank II would protect rare and fragile species, including cold-water corals. They are aggregation sites for the Malvinas sprat, a small fish that supports many local ecosystems and fisheries. These parks are a foraging area for threatened seabird and mammal species as well, including the wandering albatross and the fin whale. Many other species depend on these waters and would greatly benefit from their protection.
We asked Sin Azul No Hay Verde why they partnered with the GLORES Accelerator Program:
“We decided to get involved with the GLORES Accelerator program because, with Argentina being a new country in terms of marine protected area management and conservation, we believe that it is best to collaborate with organizations that have experience in the subject. Organizations that have a clear vision for improving MPA management, like Marine Conservation Institute with GLORES, can help us achieve the highest standards for ocean protection and avoid creating ineffective ‘paper parks’.”