Endangered Species in Patagonia



UN excludes large dams from renewables

By Patricio Segura

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has reaffirmed what the world understands to be clean energy, a conviction that should also be advanced here in Chile. In late March the UNEP launched the tenth edition of its report, “Global Trends in Renewable Energy Investment 2016.” The report, conducted jointly by the Frankfurt School and Bloomberg New Energy Finance, accounts for global annual growth of sustainable technologies.


Overpopulated Cochamo

(Photo: Carlos Gutierrez)(Photo: Carlos Gutierrez)
Tourism to this Chilean climbing hub in northern Patagonia has more than doubled over the past three years. But experts worry Cochamo's carrying capacity is being surpassed, damaging the environment and tourism. 

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Patagon Journal is a bilingual magazine, in English and Spanish, about nature, culture, travel and outdoor sports in the Patagonia region of Chile and Argentina. Our overall mission: to build a greater appreciation, understanding and environmental protection of Patagonia and the world’s last wild places.

In March, climbing tournaments from north to south in Chile

Two important climbing tournaments are on tap this month in Chile, both rock and boulder, confirming once more the growing popularity that this sport is now experiencing in the country.

Futaleufú XL: Interview with Chilean pro kayaker Marcos Gallegos

On Monday, more than 30 kayaks were on the Espolón River - kids, teenagers, and novice kayakers  - participating in preliminary events part of the first-ever Futaleufú XL and Festival del Río.  Taking place from February 22 to 27, the event is both a Whitewater Grand Prix Qualifier competition with kayakers coming from all over the globe and a festival with cultural activities featuring Patagonian music, gastronomy, and dance.

Issue 10 - Special Tribute to Douglas Tompkins



For this edition of Patagon Journal, the sad news in December that a kayak accident took the life of conservationist Douglas Tompkins prompted a necessary change in our plans. Tompkins has saved more of Patagonia’s wild places than anyone; he is perhaps the greatest wildlands philanthropist the world has ever seen. 

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