More than 70 representative of private and indigenous conservation initiatives, foundations, businesses, NGO´s and supporters in general, met in Valdivia last Friday October 22nd, in a two day event, during which one of the main results was the legal creation of a new Assocation called "Así Conserva Chile".
The new board is formed by Elisa Corcuera V. (President - Parque Katalapi), Javier Ancapan (Vicepresident-Asociación de Parques Indígenas Mapu Lahual), Mauricio Moreno (Finance Manager-Reserva Oasis La Campana), Alexandra Petermann (Public Relations Manager-Reserva Biológica Huilo Huilo) and Mariela Nuñez (Secretary- Estación Senda Darwin).
Amongst the main tasks delegated upon them by the general assembly were creating stronger exchange opportunities amongst its members, the creation of conservation and management standards, helping its members to achieve these standards, and establishing a strong presence at a national political level, especially regarding the current discussion of the draft legislative bill that creates the Biodiversity and Protected Areas Service.
The Ist Colloquium on Conservation of Amphibians and Reptiles will be held in Parque Katalapi on December 8-10, 2010. The program includes an interesting mixture of lectures, round table discussions, and short scientific communications. The opening lecture will be delivered by Dr Carmen Ubeda (Argentina). Among the round table discussions are those coordinated by Professors Juan Carlos Ortiz and Alberto Veloso on "Present siituation of conservation of herpetozoans in Chile" and " and "Visions and contributions of different areas of science to conservation in Chile", respectively. Pablo Espejo and Eduardo Soto will present their work on " Decline of Amphibians and Reptiles: causes and remedial strategies for conservation". Details of these and other interesting activities can be downloaded from CIRCULAR N°2 (see below). For more informatio, contact Marcela Vidal and Helen Díaz at the following address: firstname.lastname@example.org
An International Course on Forest Ecophysiology will be offered in Parque Katalapi from January 6-14th.This course is aimed at graduate students, professionals of the forestry sector, and advanced undergraduates. One of the outstanding aspects of the course is the high quality of the invited lecturers, which are world leaders in their respective areas. The lecturers are Jaume Flexas, Hans Lambers, Ulo Niinemets, Miquel Ribas Carbo, Jeroni Galmes, Ignacio García Plazaola, and Ingo Ensminger. The course will consist of lectures, field sessions, and seminars. Those interested in participating in the course should write to Dr Luis Corcuera to the email email@example.com. More information on the course program and registration fees can be found in the booklet of the course in this page.
The animated short film "Yekal, the Huemul" was officially launched on Tuesday September 7th. The press, regional authorities, adults, and children gathered at the Alianza Francesa´s auditorium, in Concepción, to enjoy the story of Yekal, a young huemul deer who leaves his home in Nevados de Chillán, to travel south in search of a girlfriend, and the adventures and misadventures he lives during his travels. After opening the event with the words of Juan Eduardo King, regional president of the National Council for Culture, the executive producer of the film, Ana María Vliegenthart emphasized the value of joining entertainment and education in an innovative audiovisual format. The event continued with the showing of a documentary about conservation efforts for the huemul, prepared by Elisa Corcuera and Samuel Rubilar. Children and adults then enjoyed the 12 minutes of "Yekal, the Huemul". Educational materials prepared by Katalapi Productions as a complement to the movie project were also shown. These included interactive digital games and classroom plans. The event was closed with the showing of endearing messages written by children to adults, as spokespeople for Yekal, after having seen the film.
Produced in 2D, the film was financed by the National Council for Culture and Art´s Audiovisual Development Fund. The initiative was also backed by CONAF, CODEFF, the University of Concepcións CFRD, and the Municipal Administration of Education Departments (DAEM) of the cities of Concepción, Chiguayante, Talcahuano, and San Pedro. Schools or institutions interested in the animation, documentary, digital games, and classroom plans can contact Ana María Vliegenthart (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Valdivia, August 19th, 2010.- A new player will come to the table in the discussions currently taking place regarding Chilean environmental institutions and the creation of a new Biodiversity and Parks Service.
The new union (Asociación Gremial) will represent the interests of the founders and leaders of Chile´s Privately Protected Areas (PPAs). Its creation was agreed upon during the last meeting of the National Committee for Association of PPAs, which held its meeting recently in Katalapi Park (Puerto Montt). The meeting was attended by representatives of the Valdivian Coastal Reserve, Ahuenco Park, Huilo Huilo Biological Reserve, Indigenous Communities of the Coastal Range, MASISA lumber company, APP Valdivia AG, Altos de Cutipay, and Katalapi Park.
The agreement calls for the creation of a national level association, which will hold amongst its main objetives: representing the interests of the union at a public policy level, promoting quality standards in the management of PPAs, maintaining communication tools for members, offering training and exchange opportunities, working for the social valuation of environmental services offered by private parks, as well as their important contribution to economic and sustainable development, and other actions relevant to its members. It was also considered urgent to face political topics currently on the table, such as the creation of a National Service for Biodiversity and Parks, the creation of a conservation right, and economic incentives for conservation.
In order to implement this agreement, participants have adopted a detailed work plan, and have legal support in order to write up the future association´s statutes. It is expected to legally constitute the organization sometime during the month of October, with the participation of a larger, nationally representative group.
The National Committee for the Association of Privately Protected Areas was created to represent private conservation initiatives of the Lagos and Ríos Regions which were present at the June meeting of PPAs, held at Huilo Huilo Biological Reserve, organized by de Regional Project for Protected Areas (GEF-SIRAP) and WWF Chile, which have supported association efforts by PPAs. The Huilo Huilo meeting brought together representatives from many of the country´s most visible private conservation projects, including Pumalin Park, Tantauco Park, Senda Darwin, Huinay Foundation, Mapu Lahual Indigenous Reserve Network, Llancahue protected area, Futangue Park, Cliffs at Parga, Copa Park, amongst others.