The Pew Charitable Trusts and our partners, particularly members of the Patagonia Mar y Tierra working group, share a set of key goals for our efforts in Chile. Together, we want to:

  • Strengthen Chile’s existing protected area system to reach international standards for national parks and to meet the needs of tourists, local communities, and the environment.
  • Bolster protections for and improve the management of national reserves to limit activities that may threaten the ecological integrity of these special places.
  • Create a network of protected areas on land and sea by expanding and solidifying safeguards for entire ecosystems, including nearshore waters, fjords, estuaries, and interisland channels.
  • Develop public-private partnerships to build on existing private conservation initiatives that are thriving throughout Chile. These combined efforts will help create new protected areas to fill key ecological gaps, safeguard the resilience of protected areas, and support the development of sustainable local economies.

Meet the team

Francisco Solís Germani


Francisco “Pancho” Solís Germani directs Pew’s efforts in his native Chile, where he works with partner organizations and other stakeholders to protect one of the world’s most pristine wilderness areas, with land and waters spanning a region as large as New Zealand.

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Daniela Castro Polanco


Daniela Castro Polanco is an officer with Pew’s Chilean Patagonia project, where she works as a land management specialist.

Before joining Pew, Castro worked for the United Nations Environment Programme and the Chilean Ministry of Economy, where her efforts focused on sustainable tourism in Chile’s protected areas. Earlier, she served as the projects and program director for Conservación Patagónica, a Tompkins Conservation project. There, she contributed to the creation of the prospective Patagonia National Park, as well as the coalition effort to protect Chilean Patagonia from industrial activities.

Castro was trained as an agricultural engineer at the Universidad Católica de Chile and received her master’s degree from the Université de Montpellier in France. She lives in Santiago, Chile.

David Tecklin, Ph.D.


David Tecklin provides Pew’s Chilean Patagonia project with technical and scientific support for integrated marine-terrestrial conservation strategies. He also works as a research associate at the Universidad Austral de Chile, in Valdivia.

Tecklin has contributed to the conservation of Chile’s marine and terrestrial ecosystems for the past 20 years in a variety of capacities. He has helped develop public and private protected areas through community-based conservation and development, constituency and coalition building, and strategies to reduce the environmental impact of extractive industries.

He directed the World Wildlife Fund Chile program from 2000 through 2007, focusing his efforts on the conservation of temperate rainforests and coastal marine areas. Tecklin holds a doctorate in geography from the University of Arizona, a master’s degree in Latin American studies from the University of California, Berkeley, and a bachelor’s in biological anthropology from Swarthmore College.