These strategic territories throughout Chile allow us to carry out our scientific research and environmental education activities, in partnership with neighboring communities, for their conservation, as well as the conservation of the ecosystems at that latitude.
The Elemental Reserves are strategic natural laboratories in Chile: Puribeter Elemental Reserve (Latitude 22º, San Pedro de Atacama), Likandes Elemental Reserve (Latitude 33º, San José de Maipo) and Melimoyu Elemental Reserve (Latitude 44º, Northern Patagonia).
Due to their geographic location and biodiversity, they take on great relevance as “key sites for the conservation of ecosystems,” and at the same time become strategic for effective conservation and scientific research.
As we are located on a latitudinal gradient, we are able to study environmental stressors and problems in different climatic scenarios, which provide us with evidence for adapting to and/or mitigating the effects of climate change that we are witnessing and for which we are responsible before present and future generations.
We are committed to working, through science, so that these territories can help us to understand our ecosystem, while acting as climatic refuges for endangered species. We will also work to guarantee environmental education programs with territorial relevance at the service of the community.
Both the scientific research associated with the conservation targets of the Elemental Reserves, as well as the evidence related to the environmental education programs developed to serve the local communities, show the natural and cultural heritage of these territories as Effective Conservation areas.
We know that conservation requires a multidimensional approach that goes beyond what is strictly ecological. We understand that Effective Conservation requires working on five dimensions simultaneously: the environmental dimension, the social dimension, the cultural dimension, the economic dimension, and the institutional dimension.