Exploring Chile and Sharing Conservation Lessons Learned

During the final month of his Coda Global Fellowship, Nick and his family traveled north from Valdivia to explore Chile’s Mediterranean region, one of only five places in the world where this habitat is found.

Saddle up! Time to explore this land of wild grasses, cactus and rare plants and animals—nearly 1,500 plant species found nowhere else in the world!

Chile is home to many different and diverse habitats from the dry, arid lands of the north to the lush rainforests of the south, where the giant Alerce trees (shown here) grow.

From volcanic peaks like Villarrica…

…to rugged coastlines, home to sea lions and other marine life.

Many Chileans make their living from the land and water, whether it’s mining in the dry Atacama Desert…

…or fishing in one of the world’s most productive fisheries—the Humboldt Current on the Chilean coast.

Nick and his Southern Andes colleagues created a conservation plan for Chile that considers both people and nature and points to conservation actions the Conservancy and our partners can take for a healthy economy and environment.

A plan that will not only protect Chile’s forests, grasslands, rivers and oceans for wildlife like this Humboldt penguin…

…but for the people of Chile, including these women from the Village of Chaihuín, who depend on these lands and waters for food, clean water, their livelihoods and life itself.


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