Representatives from The Nature Conservancy’s Southern Andes Conservation Program attended the Land Trust Rally held in New Orleans, Louisiana, and presented on the Conservancy’s strategies to create conditions to advance large scale conservation in Argentina and Chile.
Javier Beltrán, Private Land Specialist for Argentine Patagonia shared his experiences with participants at the Rally about working in Argentina with private landowners and key partners like the Foundation for the Conservation of Patagonian Lands. Francisco Solís, Country Rep for Chile did likewise as regards the development of public policies to promote conservation and the institutional strengthening of key partners such as Chile’s first private land conservation association ASI Conserva Chile.
“This is a good opportunity for sharing learning experiences between North and South. We can learn from the US how to advance in matters of regulation and incentives, and especially as regards standards. But we –the South-- can also contribute with our knowledge of collaborative work with different stakeholders, like local communities, families and indigenous communities. The conservation movement in the South seems much more diverse than that in the North”, says Chile Country Rep Francisco Solís.
The Southern Andes staff also had something to say about New Orleans, Louisiana, this year’s meeting place for the Rally. “The city shows the positive effects that looking after the environment can have on the wellbeing of the population, especially in the context of natural catastrophes, like hurricane Katrina. Following this experience, local conservation entities are working to restore natural ecosystems with the aim of safeguarding biodiversity and also so that they recover their capacity for mitigating catastrophic disasters”, they said.
The 1,500 participants at the Land Trust Rally included scientists, government officials, academics and representatives from land trusts throughout the US.
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