The Puelo River moves a big step closer to being declared a water reserve by Chile

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Rio Puelo watershed. Photo: Jimmy Langman/Patagon JournalRio Puelo watershed. Photo: Jimmy Langman/Patagon Journal
By Caterinna del Rio Giovannini
The Puerto Varas-based conservation group Puelo Patagonia has achieved a major breakthrough in their efforts to convince the government to declare the Puelo River watershed an official “water reserve.” Located in the province of Cochamó, the celebrated river moved a big step closer to long-term protection thanks to the Chilean hydroelectric company Hidroner SpA, which this week committed to returning the equivalent of almost 50 percent of water rights on the river (717.4 m3/s) to the Chilean government.

Patagonman 2019: Two British athletes win triathlon in Aysen

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By Caterinna del Rio Giovannini
The second edition of Patagonman – dubbed by its organizers “the most extreme triathlon in the world” – was held on Sunday, December 1. The event included 300 athletes who were launched from a ferry into the cold waters of the Aysén Fjord, first swimming 3,800 meters (2.36 miles); then pedaling 180 kms (111.8 miles) of the Carretera Austral, or Southern Highway, from Puerto Chacabuco to Villa Cerro Castillo; and finally running 42.2 kms (26.2 miles) along the Ibáñez River, passing waterfalls and forests until reaching Lake General Carrera.

The Falkland Islands: Pristine nature under threat

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Photo: Cedric DelvesPhoto: Cedric Delves
By Jimmy Langman

Editors note: The following is from 
Issue 20.
On my flight with Falkland Islands Government Air Service (FIGAS) to Carcass Island, the pilot invited me to sit up front of the small twin-propeller, 8-seater plane. En route, as I snapped photos of the terrain below, I remarked about how much pristine nature I had seen in the islands up to now. “That’s what they all say,” he gasped.  “But as a pilot, I see this every day,” he said, pointing to a severely eroded hillside bereft of vegetation. “All over the place…the islands have been hammered by overgrazing and fires.”

The rivers that unite us

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Photo: Salomé CandelaPhoto: Salomé Candela
By Paulo Urrutia and Jens Benöhr
The recently celebrated Nahuelbuta Libre festival has inaugurated the start of a new season of river festivals in Chile for 2019. For some, it may seem strange that this festival circuit starts in late winter. But the reason is simple: for fanatics of whitewater, melting ice and the winter rains give to rivers precisely that energy that each year attracts kayakers and rafters from all over the world.

Wild rivers: A law to conserve and restore them

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Puelo River. Photo: Alvaro MontañaPuelo River. Photo: Alvaro Montaña
By Macarena Soler
Editors note: The following is from Issue 20.
Seen from space, the Earth is mostly blue. It is estimated that close to 70 percent of the surface is covered by water, and the oceans contain a little more than 96 percent of all the water on the planet. Just 3 percent of the water on the globe is fresh water, and part of that is found in rivers, which are essential and irreplaceable for maintaining terrestrial and marine ecosystems.
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