The vitality of contrasts is on display across Chile. From the flowering desert in the north to the glaciers of the south, a myriad of ecosystems rich in biodiversity exist — the purity of each protected by the existence of natural borders and a growing consciousness of the need to conserve the environment, progressing in Chile as it does throughout the world.
Chile’s coasts protect its whale population from hunting. These giants of the sea swim freely through the nation’s waters and can be admired throughout the nation but are perhaps best seen around the island of Chiloé — the site of a recently inaugurated and highly praised marine reserve. Similar initiatives allow for the protection of diverse species of endemic trees, among them the larch, the second eldest variety in the world with specimens in Chile dating back more than 3 and a half millennia.
The central-south of the country is known as one of the areas of greatest biodiversity for plant species. It boasts the only temperate rainforest of South America whose foliage, formed through the combination of jungle and cold weather climates, is protected by numerous national parks. Reserves for life in Chile and the entire planet.
The country’s beauty extends, intact, from north to south, borne within it are resources that permit Chileans to dream of and build a better life, all on the basis of sustainable development and environmental equity. Chile has opened its eyes to the world, actively participating in international conventions and making space for emerging initiatives that create and develop renewable energy so that the country may forever shine with new light.
Through Unesco, eight strategic points in the country have been declared World Biosphere Reserves. Among these national parks and reserves are the Juan Fernández Archipelago — located almost 400 miles into the Pacific — the San Rafael laguna and glacier fields and Patagonian massif Torres del Paine. Chile has assumed a leading role in the defense of the environment and participates in agreements and pledges to this end with a variety of nations.