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.

Read more ›

Maximiliano Sepúlveda

Senior Officer

Maximiliano Sepúlveda helps lead Pew’s Chilean Patagonia program, focusing on efforts to improve the conservation and management of Chile’s national parks in Patagonia—a key objective for the Chilean program. This work includes supporting the Corporación Nacional Forestal—the Chilean Forest Service and Protected Areas Agency (CONAF), where he works to improve the management of Chilean Patagonia’s 18 national parks and establish biodiversity and human well-being goals and strategies for each location. 

Read more ›

Makarena Roa


Makarena Roa’s work at Pew focuses on engaging and building bottom-up relations with local communities and authorities, Indigenous peoples, and regional nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) in Chilean Patagonia. Doing so is critical to achieving outcomes for conservation that are based on local people’s involvement in the future of their natural heritage and protected areas. Roa previously worked as a consultant for the Pew Bertarelli Ocean Legacy Project, where for almost four years she advised the Rapa Nui community on marine conservation. The NGOs’ collaborative work with the community and authorities resulted in the creation of the largest marine protected area in Latin America. 

Read more ›

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.