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Chile to host international sustainable tourism conference

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Photo: Javier VierasPhoto: Javier Vieras
 
 
By Cristobal Perez
 
Coyhaique, the capital of the Aysén region in Chilean Patagonia, is host to the annual conference of the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC), which will take place from today until Saturday, September 9.
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The voice of the mountains

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 Torres del Paine. Photo: Pelin AsfurogluTorres del Paine. Photo: Pelin Asfuroglu
 

 

By Camilo Hornauer

Translation by Brent Harlow

 

 

In Chile, we have the good fortune to live under the peaks of the longest mountain range on the planet. The Andean range is best known for its majesty and for the tourist attractions it generates, with its ski resorts and beautiful natural landscapes. But these are only of secondary importance, for the Andes conceal a more profound and vital beauty, which those of us who love these mountains have the responsibility to protect and bring to light.
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Issue 15 - Protecting the Ocean

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In Issue 15 of Patagon Journal about two-thirds of the 104 pages contain diverse articles about marine conservation. Award-winning journalist David Helvarg writes about the fate of the world's coral reefs. Daniel Casado and Juan Pablo Casado show us the blue whale research going on along Chile's southern coast. Enric Sala contributes amazing underwater photography about the National Geographic Pristine Seas project. We have interviews with Chile environment minister Marcelo Mena, marine scientist Dan Laffoley, surfer Ramon Navarro, and Belize marine activist Janet Gibson. Wildlife Conservation Society Chile director Barbara Saavedra explains the promising efforts to create a Patagonia Marine Protected Areas Network. Stephanie Stefanski presents the role of tourism in marine protection. And Patagon Journal executive editor Jimmy Langman weighs in with our cover story outlining the crisis - and challenges - with protecting the ocean.

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Small flies, big challenges

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By Reinaldo Ovando
 
Editors Note: The following is from Issue 14.
 
Southern Chile and Argentina offer a variety of ecosystems and natural landscapes that can really take your breath away, the large majority of them with little human intervention, and some almost completely pristine, make Patagonia an ideal international destination for fly fishermen. Even more so if you add to this the possibility of fishing true "trophies" that will test even the most experienced fisherman, either by the species that it is possible to find or by the geographical and climatic conditions in the extreme south of South America.
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Energia Austral lowers the curtain on the Rio Cuervo project

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 Photo: Coalición Aisén Reserva de VidaPhoto: Coalición Aisén Reserva de Vida 

 
By Peter Hartmann
 
While we were thinking about writing about the Patagonian delusions of Chilean right wing pol Pablo Longueira and other "Martian initiatives" such as the Global Sustainable Tourism Council Conference, current events surprised us with the news in Santiago newspaper La Tercera of the “curtain dropping" om the Rio Cuervo project according to sources from "industry".
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Fourth International Marine Protected Areas Congress arrives to Chile

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Registration open for the seventh version of Patagonia Avalancha en el Volcán 2017

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Photo: Patricio PegPhoto: Patricio Peg
 

Press release, Aug. 5 - The idea for Patagonia Avalancha en el Volcán was born with the goal of establishing downhill speed records from the summit of the volcanoes of the Araucanía region. Its most important site is the Villarrica volcano, also known as Ruka Pillán in the Mapuche language Mapudungun. One of the most active volcanoes on the planet, Villarrica volcano has more than 25000 visits every year.
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Hotels inside Torres del Paine: a necessary risk?

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Photo: Javiera IdePhoto: Javiera Ide
 
 
By Tomás Moggia
Translation by Rebecca Neal and William Mastick
 
Long before it became a national park, Torres del Paine attracted visitors from around the world drawn by its unique geography and natural beauty. Huge granite and ice formations, electric-blue and sparkling green lakes, rugged thousand-year-old glaciers, and stretches of impenetrable forests are just some of the unique mosaic that makes Torres del Paine one of Patagonia’s most iconic places.
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Ríos to Rivers: training a new generation of river defenders

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By Cristóbal Pérez
Translation by William Mastick
 

The second version of the Chilean-U.S. environmental education program Ríos to Rivers, whose mission is to “inspire the protection and conservation of rivers through youth cultural exchange,” will culminate later this week by kayaking down the Klamath River which runs between Oregon and California.
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