Places We Protect


 March 2012. Patricia Poveda, a park guard at the Valdivian Coastal Reserve, holding an Alerce (Fitzroya cupressoides) saplings in the reserve's greenhouse, the alerce saplings are planted to restore native forest in the reserve when the eucalyptus planta

We work with communities and use cutting-edge science to accomplish conservation goals.

From the coasts of the Pacific Ocean to the Mediterranean habitats in central Chile, The Nature Conservancy is working to ensure Chile’s lands and waters are protected for future generations.

Since 1997, The Nature Conservancy has worked with local communities, government agencies, private corporations, and members like you to conserve and restore the extraordinary and diverse natural landscapes of Chile—oceans and coasts, temperate forests and Mediterranean areas—on which people and wildlife depend.

Valdivian Coastal Reserve

Since 2003, after the purchase of approximately 60,000 hectares of Valdivian forest and the creation of the Valdivian Coastal Reserve in 2005, much of the work carried out by The Nature Conservancy has focused on permanently protecting this important area. Learn more about our work here.

Santiago and Valparaiso

Water is a critical issue in Chile, both for agriculture and for human consumption. We are working toward the creation of a water fund for the cities of Santiago and Valparaiso. Learn more about our work here.

Humboldt Current

We are working with local communities and the Chilean government to improve the sustainability and biodiversity of the Humboldt Current. Flowing north along Chile’s coast, the Humboldt ecosystem is one of the most productive in the world but is severely threatened by overfishing. The current supports local communities, and the economies of Peru and Chile; it also contributes to food production on a global scale. Learn more about our work here.


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