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Chilean Patagonia



The Pew Charitable Trusts works with a broad coalition of civic organizations in Chile to enhance the conservation of Patagonia by strengthening its park and reserve system and promoting public-private conservation initiatives. With its partners, through the Patagonia Mar y Tierra working group, Pew works to develop and implement policies to secure the long-term protection of this remarkable region.


Aumen is a nonprofit organization based in Coyhaique, in Chile’s Aysén region. The organization focuses on education, research, cultural projects, and civic outreach to encourage the conservation of southern Patagonia’s ecosystem and wildlife. Aumen also works to preserve and celebrate the region’s culture and history.

Blue Whale Center

Blue Whale Center is an applied science organization for marine conservation with an emphasis on marine mammals. The center helps promote and educate the public about conservation and management strategies, and sustainable development. It is also working to create marine protected areas.

Fundación Melimoyu

Fundación Melimoyu was established to support the creation or enlargement of public and private protected areas in both marine and terrestrial areas of northern Patagonia (Aysén and Palena). To achieve its objectives, the foundation works with stakeholders as well as public and private organizations that share its interests.

Fundación Omora

Fundación Omora is a nonprofit organization based in the UNESCO Cape Horn Biosphere Reserve at the southernmost tip of South America. With the University of Magallanes, the foundation manages the Omora Ethnobotanical Park and helps coordinate the Sub-Antarctic Biocultural Conservation Program. In addition to the University of Magallanes, the Institute of Ecology and Biodiversity in Chile and the University of North Texas in the United States are partners in the program. Omora hosts hundreds of visiting scholars and scientists annually in the Cape Horn Biosphere Reserve, running programs aimed at elementary to postgraduate-level education. In January 2019, after nearly 20 years of collaborative work, Fundación Omora and its partners supported the creation of the Diego Ramírez-Drake Passage Marine Park.

Fundación Terram

Fundación Terram focuses on environmental and conservation policy. One of Chile’s oldest environmental organizations, Fundación Terram works on urban conservation and wetland restoration, biodiversity, air pollution, and energy policy, as well as parks and public land conservation in Patagonia.

Puelo Patagonia

Based in Cochamó, at the northern entrance of Patagonia, the nonprofit Puelo Patagonia works with the local community to conserve the region’s environmental and cultural heritage, promoting responsible development of the area and its economy. The organization also helps conserve the land and waters of the Puelo River basin and supports Cochamó Valley tourism, including programs to preserve the habitat of the huemul, also known as the south Andean deer.

World Wildlife Fund Chile

Established in 2002, WWF Chile has both land and ocean conservation programs in Patagonia and throughout the country.

WWF Chile works to improve fishing practices by promoting certifications and sustainable labeling, encouraging the use of science-based fishing quotas, and supporting strategic marine seascape planning with an eye toward creating and implementing successful marine protected areas.

The organization does this work with the aim of safeguarding critical habitats for species such as the blue whale, Chilean dolphin, and Humboldt and Magellanic penguins.

The Chilean Patagonia project also works with:

Tompkins Conservation

Tompkins Conservation donated land to create and expand eight national parks and to establish the Route of Parks of Patagonia to connect communities and bring new economic activity to the region.

Balloon Latam

Balloon Latam, with operations in Chile, Mexico, and Argentina, is a social enterprise and certified B Corporation that meets certain environmental and governance standards and that seeks to strengthen the social capital of rural communities to find collective answers for sustainable development.

With territorial intelligence, connection, and action, Balloon Latam’s bottom-up approach to rural development identifies needs to be turned into opportunities and then acts by finding sustainable solutions in each community.