Welcome to the Valdivian Coastal Reserve

The Valdivian Coastal Reserve is a project of the Nature Conservancy, a not-for-profit organization founded in the United States in 1951, with the objective of conserving the lands and waters on which all life depends.
Apart of Chile, we are present in more than 30 countries around the world.
In 2003, the organization –with the support of others– acquired 60,000 hectares (148,000 acres) of the Chaihuín-Venecia property in the chilean XIV Los Ríos Region, where the Valdivian Coastal Reserve was created in 2005.
Since then, the destination of the forest –and everything that lives in it– has changed significantly and is no longer under threat of exploitation, instead being cared for, conserved and protected.

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Carbon Footprint Compensation

The Nature Conservancy acquired the Valdivian Coastal Reserve in order to preserve its enormous biological relevance and rescue it from the threat that lay in wait. This included the land conversion to non-native eucalyptus plantations and deforestation for the construction of a coastal road.
The acquisition prevented carbon emissions of over 400,000 tons, which is the basis for a forest carbon project verified by the Verified Carbon Standard (VCS) as well as by the Alliance for Climate, Communities and Biodiversity (CCB Standards).
The VCS is widely recognized by project developers, investors and policy making authorities as one of the most rigorous standards for carbon emission compensation for avoided deforestation projects in the world.
The CCB verification, on the other hand, turns the Valdivian Coastal Reserve into the first carbon compensation project in Chile that, in addition to fighting climate change, contributes to the conservation of biodiversity and the development of the surrounding communities.

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