Cochamo declared nature sanctuary

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By Paula Fernández
Chile's Council of Ministers for Sustainability voted today to unanimously create the Cochamó Valley Nature Sanctuary in the Los Lagos region. 

Aysen environmental groups call for creating a development corporation

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By Patricio Segura
This weekend, several socio-environmental organizations in the Aysén region called for a space in which the different views on the development of Aysén could converge.  This, as a result of the discussion on the constitution of a development corporation in which the Regional Government of Aysén participates, which must be approved by 2/3 of the regional board members.

Summiting Mexico’s highest peaks (photo gallery)

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One of Mexico's highest mountains. Photo: Carlos RuizOne of Mexico's highest mountains. Photo: Carlos Ruiz
By Paula Fernandez
After three intense days in which Carlos Ruiz climbed three of the four highest mountains in Mexico (Nevado de Toluca 4680 m., Iztaccihuatl 5230 m., and Pico de Orizaba 5636 m.), the Chilean travel videographer calls it one of the most intense and challenging moments of his life, a feat he captured in his "Expedición México 3x3,” a 15-minute video available on YouTube that also reveals the breathtaking landscapes and beauty of these mountains.

11 years later: Why we need you

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Issue 1. The first box of Patagon Journal magazines. Issue 1. The first box of Patagon Journal magazines.


Today is the 11th anniversary of Patagon Journal. This is the day when our first issue was printed in Santiago.

In it's early days, Patagon Journal was started to build a greater appreciation and understanding of the tremendous ecological values of the Patagonia region of Chile and Argentina while at the same time fight the serious threats to the region’s future, led by the massive HidroAysen hydroelectric project that would have turned Chilean Patagonia into an energy sacrifice zone.

The Futaleufú River: An advance toward new protection status

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 The Futaleufu River. Photo: Vicky KatrinThe Futaleufu River. Photo: Vicky Katrin
By Paula Fernandez
Earlier this month, the town of Futaleufú kicked off the tourist season with a special event in town, but it was the official hand off to government officials of an application for a “reserva de caudal” for the Futaleufu River - a designation under Chile’s water laws that would effectively mean the government in Santiago will set aside the river for tourism and conservation uses - that was the real news of the day.
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