We attended the IUCN Congress and met with coinciding thoughts in that opportunities for conservation are in integration. We believe that the New Conservation Property Right held within the new Law of Conservation of Chile is a remarkable achievement and an extraordinary landmark in the history of conservation in Chile. As a foundation we shared our optimistic view.
The conservation of nature and human progress are not mutually exclusive, but allies. Welfare depends on the existence of healthy ecosystems and every form of life is valuable, regardless of the value it has for humans.
This is what was concluded in the World Conservation Congress of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) in Hawaii 2016, which we attended.
Among the agreements met during the congress we want to emphasize on the importance of uniting ancient wisdom and modern knowledge to achieve sustainability. Under this viewpoint, the nexuses between spirituality and conservation naturally arises, which was also included as part the agreements, making evident the values that unite them. As a foundation, we believe that the new narratives require this integrative vision to achieve faster cultural change favorable to nature.
Second, but no less important, we fully support the intention to involve and empower the youth, especially the millennial generation. They are the holders of ideas, technologies, optimism and action. One of the ways to empower them is by providing them with access to nature and significant and determinant experiences of connection with nature, actions that we prioritize and promote as a foundation through our projects.
To these new visions we are also able to add the new good legal news. Those of us who conform the private conservation community we have a new nature conservation tool with the creation of the New Conservation Property Right held within the new Law of Conservation of Chile, published in June 2016 and led by environmental lawyer Francisco Solis, among others. This law allows for the protection of a property in perpetuity and paves the way for more conservation rights. As a foundation, we hope that this mechanism will allow the extension of the protection network and preserved sectors of the country with less protection when opening the door to conservation without having to buy the property.
With respect to this new law, we highlight the statements made by James Levitt, director of the International Land Conservation Network (ILCN), to the magazine Qué Pasa. During his visit to Chile for the conference Emerging Innovations in Conservation Financing held in Las Majadas de Pirque, he commented that “Chile is destined to be one of the most important green points on the planet. (…) In ten years, Chile has changed its way of facing the challenges of a country that is in development. And decided to continue growing, but protecting its natural resources. (…) Chile has the opportunity to become a leader for the rest of the world.”
Of course, there are yet challenges to face. At Fundación Mar Adentro we will continue promoting the crosses between Nature, Art and Education, and participating and learning from national and international debates to promote a culture of respect and care for our nature.