It is a particularly important and auspicious time for the land conservation community in Chile, and across the Americas, to consider the distance travelled over the past several decades and the tremendous challenges that they will face over the balance of the twenty-first century.
The significance of the momentum in Chile is underscored by two ongoing initiatives:
- The passage by the Chilean Congress of the Derecho Real de Conservación, which now allows private landowners to protect their land in perpetuity, and;
- A project now being negotiated by the Government of Chile and Tompkins Conservation that may protect as many as 10 million acres as new or expanded National Parks.
Inspired by the beautiful Chilean landscape, the ILCN looks forward to exploring how practitioners around the globe can continue to learn from one another and work to advance the private land conservation movement.