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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Maximiliano Sepúlveda

Principal Officer

Maximiliano Sepúlveda is a principal officer with Pew’s Chilean Patagonia project, where he provides key technical support for the design and implementation of a conservation fund for Patagonia’s parks.

Before joining Pew, Sepúlveda worked for Chile’s National Forest Corp., known in Chile by the acronym CONAF, an organization that combines the work performed by the U.S. Forest Service and the National Park Service, where he focused on management of the Chilean National Protected Area System. During these years he held different positions within the organization, including head of the planning and development department and recently head of the conservation biology department. 

Sepúlveda’s educational and professional background is in ecology and wildlife management with a focus on conservation biology. He holds a master’s degree in animal health from the Universidad Austral de Chile and a doctorate in veterinary science and animal population health from the University of Minnesota. Sepúlveda 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.