VICAM: Vicuñas, Camélidos y Ambiente

VICAM: Vicuñas, Camelids and Environment works with the Argentinean Altiplano Andean communities to help them to conserve their environment specially related to wild camelids, vicuñas. We have three central issues: environmental education and conservation policies, sustainable economic development by sustainable wild vicuñas management, conservation of traditional and cultural management. 

Our main objectives are:

1. Conservation of the Andean wild vicunas’ (Vicugna vicugna) populations, within sustainable development of the Andean environments in their natural and cultural aspects based on scientific research.

2. Integration of traditional local knowledge to our research in order to obtain a solid and culturally accepted base that includes local people ideas

3. Dissemination of our knowledge and / or recommendations on environmental policies to genral public and government agencies.

4. Implementation of management plans and suggestions for the conservation and management of Andean biodiversity.

5. Establish programs for local communities capacity building for the conservation and management of wild vicuñas

6. Promote equity in access to information and research, both cultural (indigenous) and gender (young women) aspects.


VICAM is a group in which most of their members were former members of the Partner 6 (Argentina) of the MACS project (INCO-DEV (European Commission) project “Sustainable economic utilisation of Wild South American Camelids: Strategies for improving rural productivity in pastoral communities in Latin America”) during the 2001-5 period. We developed the first wild vicuñas conservation and management project (under a scientific and precautionary framework) in Argentina. This project was renowned as a successful case of sustainability and had several recognitions and publications.Since 2006 we founded VICAM to continue with the line of work we started during the MACS project. Since 2012 we started to work in a combination of conservation, research and management of wild vicuñas in the most northern community in Argentina just some kilometres from the Bolivian border, Santa Catalina area.


VICAM research group is a private non-profit organization with legal status granted by the General Inspectorate of Justice's Office of Legal Directorate of Province of Buenos Aires, 

Registration 1325. 21209-50904 file, folder 01/147.941.
30-71012436-8 cuit.
The NGO VICAM is exempt from tax on gross income and profit (AFIP).

As a legal NGO registered we have audited accounts by an accountant and this information is presented every year to the authorities.

Member category Major Groups Organizations
Country Argentina
Area South America
Focal Point title Dr.
Focal Point Bibiana Vilá
Alternate Focal Point title Dr.
Alternate Focal Point Hugo Yacobaccio
Address Quinta La Alegria, casilla correo 129, 6700 (Lujan) Buenos Aires, Argentina
Telephone 00542323488823
Email [email protected]
Email 2 [email protected]
Electoral Group South America Major Groups
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