Chile – California Conservation Conference 2017

Between September 25 and 28, 2017, this congress was held in Sonoma, California, which brought together 20 Chilean conservation leaders along with their Californian counterparts. Inspired by geographical coincidences and efforts to protect the territory, this conference hopes to generate joint knowledge and strategies. Madeline Hurtado, our president, was one of the participants.

Sponsored by California Council of Land Trusts, this conference aims to provide with a space that promotes dialogue and generate ideas and plans that can contribute to issues such as legislation and strategies in the face of climate change. This is its first version, which will have its second version in Chile, next January, an independent venture organized in coordination with the Second Congress of the International Network for Land Conservation, a project led by the Lincoln Institute for Land Policy.

The Congress was dedicated in memory of Elisa Corcuera, one of the great protagonists of conservation in Chile and a pioneer in the subject of private areas, founder and director of Así Conserva Chile, and a great friend and enthusiast of research and environmental education for environmental protection.

Some of the specific topics discussed were:

The Chile California Conservation Exchange aims to help develop more robust policies, practices, and institutions to promote the conservation and protection of private lands for public benefit in Chile, as well as to lay the groundwork for ongoing and mutually beneficial collaborations, among conservation leaders dedicated to the protection of private and public lands in Chile and California.

The initial organizing group is made up by David Tecklin, Francisco “Pancho” Solis, Roberto Peralta, and Ralph Benson, to which several organizations have joined. In the next meeting in Chile, Fundación Mar Adentro will be one of the sponsors.

A group shot from the Jenner Headlands

First day of the conference Laura Johnson from International Land Conservation Network (ILCN) speaking about private land conservation around the world A visit to the Sonoma Land Trust wetland as a case study During our visit to Russian River Estuary in Jenner Headlands, Sonoma, California