Recently published by herpetologist Dr. Helen Díaz-Paéz, the book "Amphibians of Katalapi Park" is now available online. Dr. Helen Díaz-Paéz, professor at the University of Concepción, campus Los Angeles, emphasized that this publication becomes a first available resource in the study of amphibians present in the Buffer Areas of Alerce Andino National Park and Llanquihue National Reserve, buffer areas within which Katalapi Park is located. The need to increase knowledge for this area is further highlighted by the fact that the whole area is part of the Temperate Rainforests of the Austral Andes Biosphere Reserve.
Participants of Chile´s I Amphibian and Reptile Conservation Colloqium, held December 8-10 at Katalapi Park, closed the event with the decision to create the Chilean Herpetology Network. The decision was adopted after establishing the lack of opportunities for professional exchange amongst experts.
The new network´s objectives include facilitating the flow of technical information between its members, promoting the development of herpetology in Chile, and contributing to the sharing of knowledge and studies in ways that can reach the general public.
Participants valued the experience lived in Katalapi (Puerto Montt) and emphasized the need to have regular meetings, so far non-existent in Chile. Through the organization of an annual event, advances in herpetology science will be shared, and cooperation amongst experts will be promoted through presentations, round tables, and moments for informal networking.
The Chilean Herpetology Network´s coordination was awarded to Drs. Marcela Vidal (U. del BíoBío, Chillán) and Helen Díaz-Páez (U. de Concepción, Campus Los Angeles), supported by councilors Felipe Rabanal (U. Austral), Gabriel Lobos (U. de Chile- Faculty of Veterinary M.), Claudio Correa (U. de Chile, Faculty of Sciences) and Antonieta Labra (U. de Chile).
The VI Summer Colloquium on Plant Ecophysiology will take place in Kastalapi Park from January 15-17 2011. Invited researchers are Prof. Ülo Niinemets (Estonia), Jaume Flexas (Spain), Miquel Ribas.Carbó (Spain), Jeroni Galmés (Spain) Juan Ignacio García Plazaola (Spain) y Hans Lambers (Australia). The program will consist of Plenary Conferences and short communications. Those interested in participating please write to Dr Luis Corcuera ( firstname.lastname@example.org ). Instructions and general program can be downloaded below
Due to the success and demand observed for the Outdoor Environmental Education Course held from October 30-November 1 in Katalapi Park, Ana María Vliegenthart, Education Manager, assured that the event would be repeated anually. "People came all the way from Concepción to Chiloé", said Ana María, "participants made very positive evaluations of the event, and in addition, many people and institutions asked us if we would repeat it next year, for this would give them time to incorporate the course into their planning".
The course will be repeated during the second semester of 2011, and will again be open to the general adult public interested in learning theories, methods, games, and approaches helpful in developing their own Outdoor Environmental Education programs.
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.