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 PPAP is adjacent to the San Rafael National Park. The nearest town is Puerto Rio Tranquilo.


- 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 area Pichimahuida (PPAP), see page on PPAP;

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

  3. -Currently the PPAP is the only property in the area where native trees are planted for reforestation on a large scale. Trees have a good survival rate (85%). More than 230 000 trees of native species have been planted so far (2018);

  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 PPAP;

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

  6. -The guiding landmark for any activity is the benefit for nature and ecosystems’ 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 areas;

  3. -The cooperation focus, therefore, has been reoriented at the international level and nationwide networks;

  4. -The 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), , 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., or Chile-California group,

    in particular the Sonoma land trust;

- European Land Conservation initiatives:;

- Restauremos Chile - for information exchange;

  1. -reforestation for wildlife programmes in other countries,

   f.e. in Siberia (Russia),;


  1. Asi Conserva Chile, when inspired by Elisa;

  2. Cooperation with Conaf Tranquilo in reforestation and access of tourists

    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.


  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)

  1. For volunteers : please apply via WorkAway, . 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


forest destruction Aysen

Dead trees and absence of soil - result of fires of the 1940s-1950s


The project 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 “pendulums”;

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


The goal is to protect the Nature in the PPAP from it. Wildlife and nature photography add degrading pressure on nature protect areas, disturb and bring wild animals to exhaustion, open way to poachers, do not respect the privacy of the wilderness, etc.. Most of types of wildlife and nature photography and filmmaking can be classified as animal abuse.

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

01.2018 - April 2019