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TNC Professionals present their work in a scientific symposium

Alfredo Almonacid and Layla Osman talked to the attendees of a seminar organized by Wildlife Conservation Society Chile in the city of Osorno about how conservation in the Valdivian Coastal Reserve (VCR) had extended towards the sea through the Valdivian Marine Project.

“The challenges of extending land conservation towards the sea and its integration with fishing and special interest tourism activities” was the title of the Symposium where Alfredo Alonacid, VCR Manager and Coordinator and Layla Osman, Specialist in Conservation, both of The Nature Conservancy (TNC), were guests speakers. The Symposium was part of the XXXIV Congress on Sea Sciences organized at Los Lagos University in Osorno, between 26th and 30th of May this year.
One of the activities of the Congress was the symposium organized by Wildlife Conservation Society Chile and whose aim was to share experiences of initiatives that consider links between conservation and sustainable management of marine-coastal and land locations in addition to the challenges they face in relation to artisanal fishing and special interest tourism.

The presentation offered at the symposium included papers presented by academics from diverse universities, public services and NGO’s among which some of the best received were the presentations given by Alfredo Almonacid (“Valdivian Coastal Reserve: extending conservation from the land to the sea”) and Layla Osman (“Valdivian Marine Project: integrating fishing and protected marine areas ”).

Alfredo Almonacid said that the purpose of his presentation was to present the work that the VCR had been carrying out since 2003 “which included, among other, not only conservation of the present biodiversity in the reserve but also the implementation of conservation actions that involve social players present in the areas that are in close proximity to the Reserve. In this case, the VCR has some 35 km of coast and our neighbours have dedicated themselves from times immemorial to artisanal fishing which is why we have made great efforts to create work plans that would permit us to carry out joint work.”
At the same time, Layla Osman presented to the symposium attendees the Valdivian
Marine Project that TNC is carrying out in the area and whose aim is to “to develop a conservation plan that would bring together fishermen’s associations, scientists, NGOs and the government to promote and to strengthen the tools that help us innovate in the area of conservation and in fishing management improving fishing practices and thus contributing to the development of public policies in the region. This way we have entered into agreements and have developed projects that do not exist anywhere else and whose aim is to create the first protected marine area in Chile.”

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