Fundación Mar Adentro actively participated in the 4th International Marine Protected Areas Congress, IMPAC 4, held from the 4th until the 8th of September 2017 in La Serena-Coquimbo. Fundación Mar Adentro's program set out to observe land and ocean as a common and interrelated space to explore new ways of interaction within coastal areas. A video art program, a scholarship program for researchers from all over the country to come and participate in the congress, as well as workshops that bring together art and science, were some of the activities of this cultural program.

Protecting our oceans intrinsically involves the land, we stand at the edge of the dividing line and look out at the ocean as an environment that welcomes us: in Fundación Mar Adentro we want to help deepen and enrich this vision to find new ways of relating to the oceans and the urgent tasks involved in marine conservation. We believe that a great contribution in this sense, is to provide elements that unfold the possible existing relationships between scientific and artistic knowledge, so we participated in IMPAC4 with a series of activities that reinforce this view.

Active Teachers

We invited eighteen professionals working in marine conservation throughout the country to attend the four days of the congress and thus contribute to the ongoing training of teachers and professionals actively researching and working in the fields of culture and science.

Cubo Arte

We proposed a space for reflection located on the beach, in front of the place where the congress was held. Within this outdoor make-shift cube, a program of contemporary art videos were projected, open to the community free ofcharge, that seeks to introduce dialogues between scientific research and artistic creation within the context of marine conservation.

Río Seco Natural History Museum

The researchers from this center of Punta Arenas, whose educational program receives the support of FMA, held workshops for teachers and students on learning and appreciating the value of their local ecosystem, teaching techniques for the study of the natural-human relationship.

Fundación Rompientes

We also supported the participation in IMPAC4 of a group of professionals who propose to carry out the initiative “Hazla por tu ola” in Chile, an initiative that seeks to protect the Chilean marine territory that produces some of the best waves in the world for surfing, a sport with greatpotential for development that generates economic activity, relationship with the community and the possibility of promoting sustainable tourism. Its objective is to include environmental measures in the coastal regulations, following the model created in Peru by the NGO Conservamos por Naturaleza.

ONG Toki Rapa Nui

An organization dedicated to promoting community and cultural development in Rapa Nui, with emphasis on sustainable and artistic education, inclusion and collaborative forms of work. FMA supports the important work of its music school, which provides instrumental and cultural training to more than one hundred children of the island. Two of its founders are the pianist Mahani Teave and musician Enrique Icka, who invited IMPAC4 to participate in the activities of the congress. Mahani Teave, in addition, was the leading opening ceremony event, accompanied by Enrique Icka in a song that celebrates the creation of a marine protected area of multiple-use in Rapa Nui.

*Download the FMA program at IMPAC here.

Our Active Teachers next to CEAZA's mobile lab in the El Culebrón Wetland workshop Marcelo Mena, Minister of Environment, Chile Kristine Tompkins, Tompkins Conservation Opening ceremony act by Enrique Icka and Mahani Teave from Toki NGO Mahani Teave Cubo Arte opening Sylvia Earle visiting our stand Ricardo Bossard, Director of WWF Chile alongside Yolanda Kakabadse, President of WWF International