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.
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.
Ecologically intact & protected landscapes comprise 50% or more of this country.
Intact landscapes lacking protected status comprise 50% or more of this country.
Between 20-40% of landscapes are still ecologically intact.
Less than 20% of the natural ecology of this area is intact.
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Verdant fields abut massive granite walls in this breathtaking part. Torres del Paine is one of 11 protected areas covering 51% of the ecoregion.
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.
Majestic volcanoes tower over rocky escarpments and dry plains alive with wild things, including the vizcacha, considered a pest by most ranchers.