Chile’s Patagonia region is one of the world’s last largely intact natural areas. From its icy glaciers and pristine hardwood forests to its long, rugged coastline and wild fjords, this region remains remarkably untouched. Yet part of its iconic image also lies in the strength and culture of its people.
Hundreds of islands, estuaries, and channels provide critical plant and wildlife habitat, but these world-class natural resources do not enjoy the world-class protections they deserve. The coming decade offers an opportunity to implement proactive conservation measures that can ensure the region’s sustainability for years to come.
Pew is partnering with a robust network of nongovernmental organizations, universities, and government agencies in Chile to enhance the protection of this area through the country’s park and reserve system, while also promoting public-private partnerships for new conservation efforts. Together, we are working to develop and implement policies to secure the long-term protection of this remarkable region.
Chilean Patagonia is a region of dazzling natural abundance—snowy peaks nearly 4,000 meters (over 13,000 feet) tall rise above crystalline lakes and rivers, which wend through glacially carved valleys and dense forests to a wild coastline rich with wildlife. Read More