Places We Protect


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Chile's native Mediterranean vegetation survives only in increasingly isolated fragments.

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

For more than a decade, The Nature Conservancy works with local communities, government agencies, private corporations and members like you to conserve and restore the extraordinary and diverse natural lands of Chile – oceans and coasts, temperate forests and Mediterranean areas- in which people and wildlife depend on.

See how we are protecting Chile’s natural treasures!

Conservation of critical lands

As of 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. And in 2012, The Nature Conservancy donated some 9,500 hectares to the Chilean State, thus contributing towards the creation of the Alerce National Park, the first one to be established in the recently created Los Rios Region. Learn more.

Water Security

Water is also a critical issue in the Mediterranean area both for agriculture and for human consumption. This is why our organization is working towards the creation of a Water Fund for the cities of Santiago and Valparaiso.

Protection of the Coast and the Oceans

The Nature Conservancy seeks to improve the sustainability and biodiversity of the Humboldt Current, one of the biggest marine currents in the world and which represents 20 % of the world resources, and its capacity to support the subsistence means of local communities and of the economies of Peru and Chile and to contribute to food production on a global scale.

Mitigating the impacts of climate change

The Valdivian Coastal Reserve is the first place in Chile that will produce the first carbon credits as a result of the preservation of the native forest and of avoiding the deforestation and degradation of the forests. The initiative documents, validates, certifies and soon will register the protection of thousands of hectares and this process will create some 445,000 carbon credits.