Presentation of the new management plan
In a ceremony attended by neighbors and representatives of public entities, The Nature Conservancy presented the new management plan for the Valdivian Coastal Reserve in Chaihuín. One of the most important parts of the announcement was the co-participation in the plan of local communities.
“The management plan is a kind of a chart that permits us to understand our objectives and the ways we can reach them, so it is essential for us to have this tool that helps us understand what we must do during a certain period of time”, said Alfredo Almonacid, Manager of the Valdivian Coastal Reserve.
The participants, smiling for the sponsor
The first working session of the public- private consultative council of the Alerce Costero National Park and the Valdivian Coastal Reserve was described as a landmark at a national level and a great conservation challenge in the Los Ríos Region.
The objective of this unprecedented participation instance involving protected state- (CONAF) and privately owned (The Nature Conservancy) areas was to coordinate joint conservation and community development work.
The session was held in the Main Hall of the Municipality of La Union with the participation of representatives of indigenous communities, non-governmental organizations, entrepreneurs, social organizations, the armed forces and public services.
Dogs, observed within the Valdivian Coastal Reserve
Dr. Maximiliano Sepulveda, researcher at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile and the Center for Applied Ecology and Sustainability showed the importance of an adequate domestic animal management program – particularly dogs – to avoid the transmission of diseases such as distemper to the native fauna.
The study was conducted on the Valdivian Coastal Reserve, a conservation area in the chilean Los Rios Region, which is home to several endangered species such as Darwin's fox, the river otter (huillín) and the lesser grison (quique), among others.
The students in front of the administration offices
For two months, students from the Universidad Autónoma de San Luis de Potosí stayed at the Valdivian Coastal Reserve carrying out diverse accounting and administrative tasks.
After a visit to the Valdivian Coastal Reserve, a private protected area managed by The Nature Conservancy and supported by BHP Billiton, the first contacts were made to establish a collaboration agreement with the Universidad Autónoma de San Luis de Potosí, Mexico, permitting its students to embark on an internship program in different professional areas.
Authorities at a field-trip on the beach
The Nature Conservancy, the Municipality of Corral, the Regional Government, the Department of Public Works (MOP), Sernatur and Senadis started to work on a new Master Plan for accessible tourism in the area in June.
The idea is to implement an intervention project in the Chahuin estuary, dunes and beach for a public and universal accessibility associated with the protected areas of the sector, i.e. the Valdivian Coastal Reserve and the Alerce Costero National Park.
The work is part of the Memorandum of Understanding signed in Chahuin on April 30, 2015, by all the entities involved, and is technically coordinated by the Department of Public Works through its regional Ports, Roads and Planning departments.
View on one of the Twin Lakes at Colún
The Nature Conservancy, administrator of the Valdivian Coastal Reserve, has already begun the process of extending the validation and verification under the Climate, Community and Biodiversity Standards (CCB), even though more than 1,200 hectares have already been validated and verified with the Verified Carbon Standards (VCS) for the 2003-2011 period.
The different activities that we carry out every day contribute to the amount of CO2 released into the atmosphere and also contribute to climate change.
However, today Chile has a voluntary carbon reduction market that seeks to mitigate the impact of these emissions on the atmosphere. Carbon credits, certificates which confirm the emission reductions, are traded in this market.
The team in charge, together with Ana Maria Bravo, the Regional Ministerial Representative (Seremi) for Economy of the Los Ríos Region, met with FIPASUR officials and Layla Osman, responsible for The Nature Conservancy's program for fishing and marine conservation, in order to explain the proposed work methodology, aimed at implementing and following up on artisanal fishing policies.
The commission met on March 16, and discussed its mission to implement regional artisanal fishing policies.