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

comparable conditions of ecosystem degradation, remoteness and local stress.


Location (see maps):

Region Aysén (Region XI), about 250 km south of Coyhaique, 10 km west from the Carretera Austral (Ruta 7), in valley Leones, midway between the lake General Carrera and Northern Patagonian ice field. The Project area is adjacent to the San Rafael National Park.


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%). More than 230 000 trees of native species have been planted so far (2019);

  4. -Some projects, such as monitoring of POPs (persistent organic pollutants) or research of the Northern Patagonian ice field (University of Ohio, USA), 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 12 years’ experience with the project;

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

  3. -The cooperation focus, therefore, has been reoriented at the international networks with global vision;

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


The most promising collaboration partners have been

   Nature, plants and animals:

   They didn’t come to visit us, we live on their territory,

   and also :


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

  2. - the forest engineer who designed the reforestation project;

members of SER (International Society of Ecological Restoration),

    ser.org , 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 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;

- Restauremos Chile - for information exchange;

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

   f.e. in Siberia (Russia), wwf.ru;

   

  1. Asi Conserva Chile, when inspired by Elisa;

  2. Cooperation with Conaf Tranquilo and Conaf Regional in reforestation

    and access to the National park;

  1. Information provided by SAG Coyhaique (Fernan Silva) on ecosystems

     of the region and their problems;

  1. 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 foreign universities and European NGOs;


  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 more than

     economic interests, who could share the Pichi principle

     on agreements on the Real (In Rem) Right of Environmental

     Conservation and other issues.

✒︎ The Project has opted for not continuing with scientific research

      of Nature and wildlife. It has brought, so far, mainly unwanted exposure

      and put in danger protection of plants and animals.

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  1. If you are a restoration or nature protection practitioner, are facing the same challenges and are unbiased by local considerations, please contact us at elena (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 the 1940s-1950s

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 networks.

Other types of associations, according to experience are:

  1. -mainly acting as social “pendulums”;

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

Damages of filming for wild animals

Photography:

The goal is to protect the Nature in the Project from it. 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

01.2018 - October 2019

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.