The Chilean State awarded a 25-year concession for a total of 1,114.4 hectares to the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile In the area of Alto Patache in Iquique, First Region of Tarapacá.
The land is a fog oasis of great bio-cultural value located in the midst of the desert. It is a relictual ecosystem with a high environmental value due to the presence of endemic species like coleopterans, reptiles, and flora. The property contains vestiges of the ancient hunter-collector community that lived in the area between 6,300 and 8,000 BC.
The purpose of the concession is to develop basic and applied science, integration and coordination with regional university work teams on issues related to the site; to implement a desert research center, to make the knowledge and technologies for harvesting water from fog available to the public, and to integrate the low-income school student community into the experience of engaging in science.
The Wilderness Foundation has received a 20-year concession over an 11,583-hectare property in the municipality of Cisnes, Aysen Region, where there are abundant temperate Andean deciduous forest formations of nothofagus pumilio and ribes cucullatum, among others.
The goal of the project is to protect and to preserve the evergreen forests in the upper regions of the valley, as well as creating a protected area that provides recreation and tourism services in benefit of the local community and the municipality.
The existence of a flow of organic material in the area’s aquatic ecosystem guarantees the presence of fish species that provide the foundations for a growing fly fishing tourist activity. In fact, there are four fishing lodges in the area.
The spirit of the project is also aimed at the development of a protected area of natural systems that are included in management activities that guarantee a sustainable flow of products and services to satisfy the needs of the community and contribute to perfecting local tourist services.
Located on the southernmost point of the South American continent is a public property that is of significant tourism interest because of its geographic conditions and because it is an area related to the recreation of the Punta Arenas community in the Magallanes Region.
It is a plot of land with 9,888.54 hectares that is inhabited by the southernmost populations of huemules and pumas, species that are under serious threat in the region, among other wildlife.
The property was provided to the Cape Froward Maritime Consortium in a 25-year concession. The project consists in restoring the heritage in the San Isidro Lighthouse sector and setting it up as a museum, building a hostel and offering tourist activities related to navigation, trekking, and the observation of wildlife. In addition, there is a 45-km heritage route that is in the process of being upgraded with the implementation of handrails and bridges, among other progress.