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Initiative seeks to improve access to Chile’s mountains

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By Zoe Baillargeon
 
Chile is a land of mountains, so it stands to reason that most of them would be open to the public for their enjoyment. But not so. Many are off-limits.
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Editing Chatwin: An interview with Susannah Clapp

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By Patrick Nixon

The year 2017 was the 40th anniversary of Bruce Chatwin’s seminal travel book In Patagonia. The book came about when Chatwin, while in the United States on assignment for the Sunday Times of London, on the spur of the moment decided to travel to Patagonia to pursue a long-held dream to write about the region. The result was an epic book about his encounters with locals in both Chile and Argentina that to this day remains the must-read book for travelers to this part of the world.
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Chile's national parks: The big challenge ahead

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As Chile’s national protected area system grows, so do the challenges to protecting its natural resources while maximizing enjoyment for its growing visitors
 
By Cristóbal Pérez

Editors Note: The following is from Issue 16.
 
When we think of national parks, our minds immediately go to imposing and indomitable landscapes full of nature and life. We think of locations rich in flora and fauna, with iconic vistas that capture the identities of their respective regions, places that inspire governments and others to make greater conservation efforts.
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Chilean Free Flowing Rivers Network meeting in Patagonia

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With around 60 leaders, representatives and activists participating on behalf of various socio-environmental groups and watersheds around the country, the Fifth Gathering of the Chilean Free-Flowing Rivers Network took place this weekend in Coyhaique and Puerto Aysén. During the event, held in Chile’s Aysen Region, local community members presented the People’s Proposal for Energy Policy for Aysén Reserva de Vida (PCPE-ARV in Spanish). The proposal is a guiding instrument to promote local development at the human scale based on ecosystem-based responsibility, and to reduce pressure on rivers.
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Glaciers and climate change: Interview with Gino Casassa

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By Jimmy Langman

Editors Note: The following is from Issue 16.
 
The impacts of climate change on Patagonia’s glaciers are intensifying as we begin 2018. In November, an unusually large, house-sized iceberg measuring 350 by 380 meters (1,150 by 1,250 feet) split off from the Grey Glacier in Torres del Paine National Park making world news. Not long after, a tragic mudslide on Chile’s Carretera Austral occurred at Villa Santa Lucia, left 18 people dead and destroyed more than two dozen homes. The cause? At least in part, melting glaciers in the mountain above the town.
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National Survey on Mountain Access Restrictions

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Photo: Marco PobletePhoto: Marco Poblete 

 
Fundación Plantae would like to ask for your support in the dissemination of the National Survey on Mountain Access Restrictions and, of course, if you know of any mountains with access restrictions, that you participate by filling out the online survey.
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Futaleufú XL: "The Rivers are Alive"

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By Patrick Lynch
 
From February 26 to March 3, 2018, the third version of the Futaleufú XL festival is taking place in the world-famous Futaleufú River. Sponsored by the municipality of Futaleufú, support from Patagonia and several other companies, and interest from the local community, the festival aims to awaken environmental awareness through various education and reflection activities.
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Pumalín National Park to carry the name of its founder, Douglas Tompkins

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Lago Negro, Pumalín Park. Photo: James Q MartinLago Negro, Pumalín Park. Photo: James Q Martin
 
Tompkins Conservation -At the La Moneda Palace in Santiago, Chile, Chilean President Michelle Bachelet and Kristine McDivitt Tompkins, President of Tompkins Conservation, signed the decree to create “Pumalín National Park – Douglas R. Tompkins.” This marks the final act in creating the network of parks of Chilean Patagonia, which establishes over 10 million acres of new national parklands and includes what has been billed as the largest donation of land from a private entity to a country in history. With today’s signing and naming ceremony, the government of Chile recognizes Douglas Tompkins’ legacy by giving his first and most iconic conservation philanthropy project his name. 
 
Kristine McDivitt Tompkins stated: “On behalf of our family and the Tompkins Conservation teams in Chile, Argentina, and the United States, I feel honored that Doug’s vision to create national parks is recognized in a permanent way, by putting his name on his beloved Pumalín Park.”
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