The main purpose of this site is to exchange experience with restoration practitioners working in

comparable conditions of private isolation, ecosystem degradation, remoteness and local stress.


Context:

- Ecosystem and soil severely degraded by human activities in the middle of the last century, a common situation for the region;

  1. -The  property has been managed since 2006 as a Private Protected Nature Area Pichimahuida, see page on the project;

  2. -The focus is on repairing and healing nature, and applied ecological restoration;

  3. -Currently the project is the only property in the area where native trees are planted for the restoration of natural forest on a large scale. Trees have a good survival rate (85% or more). More than 230 000 trees of native species have been planted so far (2020);

  4. -Some projects, such as monitoring of POPs (persistent organic pollutants) or research of the Northern Patagonian ice field, are implemented in the project;

  5. -No tourism activities, including ecotourism and scientific tourism, are authorised in the Project;

  6. -The guiding landmark for any activity is the benefit for nature and its rights;


  1. -Priorities in cooperation are based on 15 years’ experience with the project;

  2. -This experience showed little interest of local institutions and communities for cooperating on ecological restoration;

  3. -Thus, the cooperation focus has been reoriented at the international networks with global vision, mainly of private landowners;

  4. -The present case study had to become a case study of international calling; and

  5. -Collaboration is ensured with those, who understand the importance of the avoidance of the public exhibition of the project.


So, the most promising collaboration partners and teachers have been

  Nature, plants and animals, despite the fact that

    we live on their territory, and also :


  1. First of all: private landowners, irrespectively of the location

of their land (nature does not have nationality), dedicated to preserve and

restore nature and land within their properties, whether at least at arm's length.

And information exchange networks linking them, and their unique,

diverse and very personal projects.

Private protected areas (by private landowners) shall not be confused with privately

protected areas (by non-State legal persons, like NGOs, associations, etc.), they

are very different in virtually all aspects of their functioning.


And:

  1. Practitioners in forestry and ecological restoration from different horizons:

  2. - the forest engineer who designed the reforestation project (see below);

  3. - members of SER (International Society of Ecological Restoration),

    in particular restoration projects in Europe (f.e. Iceland -

    similar to Aysén’s large-scale ecosystem collapse; Finland - for its

    private land protection schemes and large natural forest restoration

    programmes);

  1. - international land conservation networks,

    f.e. landconservationnetwork.org, or Chile-California group,

    in particular the Sonoma land trust;

- European Land Conservation initiatives: elcn.eu;

  1. -Restauremos Chile ;

  2. -Programmes on reforestation for wildlife or after fire,

   f.e. in Siberia (Russia), wwf.ru, or in Australia;

   

  1. Asi Conserva Chile, inspired by Elisa, providing helpful support to the project;

  2. Cooperation with Conaf Tranquilo, and its forest guards,

    and Provincial in reforestation;

  1. Information provided by SAG Coyhaique on ecosystems

     of the region and their problems;

  1. Like-minded neighbours in the valley, and in the close village;

  2. Information of and contacts with national organisations, such as

   INIA, and international organisations, such as UNEP and FAO;

  1. Bird watchers of the region;

  2. Some universities;


  1. Helpful information was gathered through the funded by the

project internship programme:  Internships 2014-2017

and resulting work.  The internship programme is no longer available.


Collaboration with like-minded lawyers, who value Nature and its rights

      more than economic profits from its exploitation,

      who could share the Pichi principle.

✒︎ The Project has opted for not continuing with scientific research

      of Nature and wildlife. It has brought, so far, significant unsolicited exposure

      and damaged the project.

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  1. If you are a restoration or nature protection practitioner or a private landowner, facing similar challenges, please contact us at webmaster (at) pichimahuida.info.


  1. For volunteers : please apply via WorkAway, workaway.info . We work through this network for insurance and visibility reasons.


For friends and previous volunteers (you know our contacts) : that’s what you can do here.

rivers Leones y Claro

Collaboration

forest destruction Aysen

Dead trees and absence of soil - result of fires of 1939

The Project works on the basis of the principle of personal responsibility and therefore

participates only in international or nationwide unbiased partnerships of independent entities, acting as information exchange and mutual support networks.

As a general rule, it does not join associations, as according to experience, they are:

  1. -acting on the basis of diluted, and therefore, reduced responsibility;

  2. -mainly acting as social “pendulums”;

  3. -receiving significant amounts of financial support, but little goes to Nature itself.

The project does not participate in large tree planting campaigns, as they usually do not ensure the quality and the future of their main announced purpose - natural forest restoration.

Damages of filming for wild animals

Photography and journalism:

The project does not give interviews or makes public declarations. The objective is to protect the Nature of the project from public exposure.

Wildlife and nature photography and filming add degrading pressure on nature protected areas, disturb and bring wild animals to exhaustion, open way to poachers and tourists, do not respect the privacy of the wilderness. Most of types of wildlife and nature photography and filmmaking can be classified as animal abuse. They seldom show natural animal behaviour.

A Sad Tale of Photographing in a National Park.

SER Iceland

Presentation of the project at SER, Iceland, 09.2018, SERE2018

We are grateful to those who understand and share the motivations for, and ethics and variety of private conservation and ecosystem restoration, such as this very helpful publication by Jennifer Gooden and Richard Grenyer  “The psychological appeal of owning private land for conservation”. It shows that people who own conservation-oriented land properties prioritized factors like autonomy, efficacy, connection, and meaning in their goals for a private land conservation program, that landowners incorporate conservation projects into their sense of identity.

Abstract: Continued threats to global biodiversity have stimulated interest in the private purchase of land for conservation. Though not a new phenomenon, private land conservation appears to be on the rise, and its ambiguous position between philanthropy and financial investment leads to questions about the nature of landowner motives,  a model of PCA (privately conserved areas) engagement in which landowners became personally invested in the management of PCAs and in the nature they protected. PCAs can be conceptualized not merely as philanthropic endeavors or investments, but also as meaningful projects in which their owners engage. Land conservation programs might benefit from allowing landowner autonomy to the maximum extent possible, developing best practice standards against which landowners can assess their efficacy, and facilitating the development of landowner network.

Assessments of modern “ecological grief” are also valuable.

Commending those who made real contributions