18.4 50








% Protected

Unprecedented private leadership has helped Chile expand its protected area profiles in recent years. But while many habitats are still intact, the lack of public or private protections means their future is at risk. Logging, paper farms, and ranching have fragmented many of Chile’s wildlands – more work is needed to ensure their continuation.

Torres del Paine National Park, Chile. Photo by Peter Winckler.

Chile's Ecology

In 2018, Tompkins Conservation, a private foundation led by Kristine McDivitt Tompkins, donated 10 million acres of private land (an area the size of Costa Rica) to the Chilean government for the creation of national parks. These areas are essential for the preservation of rare and iconic species like the sacred Monkey Puzzle Tree and pudú, the world’s smallest deer.

Half (Mission Achieved)

Ecologically intact & protected landscapes comprise 50% or more of this country.

Can Reach Half

Intact landscapes lacking protected status comprise 50% or more of this country.

Could Be Restored

Between 20-40% of landscapes are still ecologically intact.


Less than 20% of the natural ecology of this area is intact.

The Nature Needs Half movement is only as strong as its member organizations. Discover more about the individuals and organizations who have committed to protecting 50% of the planet by 2050.
Become a Member


Chile Torres del Paine National Park
Torres del Paine National Park

Verdant fields abut massive granite walls in this breathtaking part. Torres del Paine is one of 11 protected areas covering 51% of the ecoregion. 

Chile Fray Jorge National Park
Fray Jorge National Park

The Camanchaca, a lingering coastal fog which clings to the hills and mountains of this semiarid land, provides moisture for the rare species of subtropical vegetation here. 

Expectant vizcacha. Photo by Alexandre Buisse.
Lauca National Park

Majestic volcanoes tower over rocky escarpments and dry plains alive with wild things, including the vizcacha, considered a pest by most ranchers.

Related News

Chile creates five national parks over 10m acres in historic act of conservation
All Articles
Read More +
Protecting Wilderness as an Act of Democracy
All Articles
Read More +
Chile Announces Protections for Massive Swath of Ocean With Three New Marine Parks
All Articles
Read More +