Chilean scientists urge a halt to carbon sequestration projects in Patagonia that utilize exotic tree species

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A pine tree plantation in Aysen Patagonia belonging to the Spanish winery Miguel Torres. Photo: Miguel TorresA pine tree plantation in Aysen Patagonia belonging to the Spanish winery Miguel Torres. Photo: Miguel Torres 

 
In a public statement on August 12, members of 11 Chilean scientific centers made an urgent call to suspend reforestation projects in Patagonia that utilize exotic species for carbon sequestration.
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Trees & Seas event begins at Chiloe Island

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By Paula Fernandez

Plastic Ocean International, Üñü and Viña Montes are joining forces in Chile to promote environmental protecton of forests and oceans, starting with a massive reforestation project of more than 20,000 native trees on the island of Chiloé.

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Campaign launched to declare Puelo River a water reserve

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Photo: Andres AmengualPhoto: Andres Amengual

 

Puelo Patagonia, press release, July 20, 2021 - With a massive call to support the request to legally declare the Puelo River a water reserve, the community of Puelo and Cochamó launched today the campaign #PueloReservadeAgua (#PueloWaterReserve). This initiative seeks to collect 40,000 signatures via the website www.pueloreservadeagua.cl, in order to send a letter to President Sebastián Piñera, asking him to give urgency to the neighbors' request to reserve the Puelo River for nature conservation and local development.

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A documentary in defense of the Santa Cruz River

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By Ana Vallejos

The melting ice of the Southern Patagonian Ice Field - where the imposing and iconic Perito Moreno Glacier resides - are the starting point of the 385-kilometer journey of the Santa Cruz River. This magnificent body of water, full of meanders, crosses the brown Patagonian steppe from west to east until it empties into the Atlantic Ocean. During its course, this turquoise river - the second largest water reserve in the world - nourishes with life all the beings that inhabit its open banks. Including species of birds, reptiles, insects, as well as large and small mammals. It is also the undisputed protagonist of the landscape for the people who have settled beside it: Tehuelche communities, sheep ranchers and those who have arrived in more recent times, all of whom have a particular affection and appreciation for this river, the last free-flowing, frozen river in Argentine Patagonia.

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Argentina says no to salmon farming

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Ushuaia, Argentina. Photos: Rewilding ArgentinaUshuaia, Argentina. Photos: Rewilding Argentina

 

Rewilding Argentina, press release, June 30, 2021 - Tierra del Fuego, Argentina’s southernmost province, approved a bill today that bans salmon farming in open net pens. The prohibition of this industry, which threatens not only the environment but also its inhabitant’s health and economy, suited the country before the eyes of the world as the first to advance a decision of such magnitude regarding intensive fishing industry.

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