OPC 5 Cost Estimates 5 FISCAL IMPACT OF BILL ON THE CREATION OF THE LAGUNA EL PALMAR NATIONAL PARK AND NATIONAL RESERVE IN THE PROVINCE OF CHACO – MAY 2022

FISCAL IMPACT OF BILL ON THE CREATION OF THE LAGUNA EL PALMAR NATIONAL PARK AND NATIONAL RESERVE IN THE PROVINCE OF CHACO – MAY 2022

June 03, 2022

Bill S-2553/2021 creates the Laguna El Palmar National Park and National Reserve in the Department of Bermejo, Province of Chaco, in accordance with the terms of National Law No. 22,351 on the Legal Regime of National Parks, Natural Monuments and National Reserves.

An analysis of the current programs of the National Parks Administration showed that the last three parks were created in 2018. Although each park has different characteristics and dimensions, it was possible to find some similarities, for example, they did not show any execution during the year of creation (2018) and did not accrue personnel expenses until the third or fourth fiscal year.

Based on the information provided by the Northern Regional Directorate of the National Parks Administration, expenditure for operating expenses is estimated to be around ARS18.9 million. Additionally, once the park’s organizational structure is approved, personnel expenses would amount to ARS12.4 million annually, at May 2022 values, for a staff of 10 agents.

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