New documentary: Livestock guardian dogs of Patagonia

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Cochrane’s own filmmaker Jimmy Valdés Baigorria just finished a new 22-minute documentary on livestock guardian dogs, featuring Conservacion Patagonica’s innovative program. Watch the video! With spectacular footage of the future Patagonia National Park’s wildlife and landscapes, the piece interviews numerous ranchers and small producers in the region who have adopted the use of livestock guardian dogs.
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Interview: Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.

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Standing Up for Communities and Water Rights
 
Why we must protect Patagonia’s wild rivers
 
By Jimmy Langman
 
 
 
His uncle, the former United States President John. F. Kennedy, talked environmental issues with him in the oval office of the White House when he was just 7-years-old. He was said to have taken an early interest in animals as a kid, creating a small-scale zoo at home and learning falconry, and with his father, he went kayaking and rafting on rivers across the United States. Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., third-eldest son of the late political leader of the same name, has been passionate about the environment, outdoors and rivers from his youth.
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Photo Essay: Patagonian Expedition Race

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In adventure or expedition racing, teams are trekking, cross-country running, mountain biking and sea kayaking as they navigate across wild terrain.  The Patagonian Expedition Race is a 700km+ expedition race in the Magallanes region of Southern Chilean Patagonia in often unexplored and isolated parts of the Chilean wilderness, completely unsupported. The annual event was first organized in 2004, drawing teams from worldwide. Unfortunately, due to lack of sufficient sponsors, organizers have announced that the 2014 event has been cancelled. Below are photos of the 2013 race by Colin Henderson, Alexandre Buisse, Ulrik Hassemann, Justin Lotak, and Chris Radcliffe. (14 photos)
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Rios Libres Video Dispatches: Part 4, The Movement

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Editors Note: this video is the last part of a series of 4 videos released every Monday this month by the U.S. group Rios Libres.

Patagonia is one of the few precious places on the planet where the array of natural beauty still defies human imagination. You are forced to think of new adjectives to describe the dramatic backdrop of snow-capped mountains and the glaciers that stand juxtaposed with green rolling hills and sheer rock faces. And through all of this flow the beguiling blues and greens of Patagonia’s largest and most powerful rivers – the Baker and the Pascua. As you stand by the side of the Baker River, the roar of the current drowns out any other sounds and the pulse of the river consumes you and transports you. It is a place unlike any other I have experienced.

The campaign to protect Patagonia – and specifically the mighty rivers of the region – has become the largest environmental struggle in the country’s history. Chileans have shown their opposition to HidroAysén by taking to the streets in the thousands. Most recently – as you see in Q’s film  – in response to a Supreme Court ruling in April 2012 in favor of HidroAysén, and before this in the lead-up to and after-math of the approval of the project’s Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) in 2011. The public outcry against the project has also spread internationally: in response to the EIA approval in May 2011, it was incredible to see hundreds of people gathered in front of the Eiffel Tower with signs that read “Paris contra HidroAysén” (Paris against HidroAysén), beside the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin chanting “Patagonia Sin Represas” (Patagonia without Dams) and outside the Chilean Consulate in San Francisco, as part of an International day of action in solidarity with Chile.
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Rios Libres Video Dispatches: Part 3, The Alternatives

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Editors Note: this video is part of a series of 4 videos to be released every Monday this month by the U.S. group Rios Libres.
 
“The north of Chile has the best solar potential in the world. In the world! So why do they want dams in the South? It’s crazy. Absolutely crazy.”  A taxi driver told me these words in May 2011 on the way from the Arturo Merino Benitez Airport to my hotel in Santiago, and they have stuck with me ever since. Just days earlier, Chile’s authorities had approved the massive $10 billion HidroAysén project—five dams proposed on two of Patagonia’s wildest rivers—despite the woeful quality of the project’s environmental impact assessment and the fact that the large majority of Chileans were against the dams. The approval immediately launched demonstrations throughout the country – the largest protests the country had seen in more than 20 years. 
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