Eighteen researchers and teachers from different parts of the country were invited to participate in the Fourth International Marine Protected Areas Congress, in La Serena, Coquimbo, Chile from September 4 - 8, 2017.

Researchers, teachers, and experts in environmental education from across Chile were granted the opportunity to participate in IMPAC4, invited by Fundación Mar Adentro. In addition to exchanging with their peers and participating in different presentations and activities, the group participated in a specially-tailored workshop based in the Wetland of El Culebrón, to study the local ecosystems. The workshop was put together by Fundación Mar Adentro with the help of members of the Center for Advanced Studies in Arid Zones (CEAZA) in La Serena, also invited to the Congress by Fundación Mar Adentro.

In IMPAC4, guests were able to participate in a Congress that was impactful not only for its scientific content, but for the diversity of its participants: Participants hailed from over 80 countries, and thus brought to the table an immense variety of experiences, cultures, and of course, ideas. The Congress generates cutting-edge research ideas, proposes new ideas for the incorporation of arts in conservation, and fosters the sharing of knowledge.

We thank each of them for their participation:

– Pedro Vergara, University of Los Lagos, Osorno
– Mario Manzano, Universidad Austral de Chile, Valdivia
– Celeste Kroeger, Explora Conicyt, Viña del Mar
– Eduardo Hernández, University of Concepción, Concepción
– Javier Ancapán, Mapu Lahual Indigenous Association, Osorno
– Valeska San Martín, University of Concepción, Concepción
– Andrea Martínez, National Museum of Natural History, Santiago
– Naysa Balcasar, Center for Oceanographic Research in the South East Pacific, UDEC, Viña del Mar
– Berta Molina, Southern Coast School, Puerto Aysén
– Carolina Yáñez, Chinchimén, Valparaíso
– Catherine Chirgwin, Así Conserva Chile – Palma Chilena, Santiago
– Daniela Campos, National Council of Culture and Arts, Valparaíso
– Alessandra Coronello, Marine Biologist, Santiago
– José Sepúlveda, Colegio Eusebio Lillo, Coquimbo
– Claudia Hernández, Center for Advanced Studies in Arid Zones, La Serena
– Paloma Núñez, Center for Advanced Studies in Arid Zones, La Serena
– Carlos Olavarría, Center for Advanced Studies in Arid Zones, La Serena
– José Cortez, Center for Advanced Studies in Arid Zones, La Serena

Our Active Teachers next to CEAZA's mobile lab in the El Culebrón Wetland workshop Active Teachers in El Culebrón Wetland Active Teachers in El Culebrón Wetland Marcelo Mena, Minister of Environment, Chile Beatriz Bustos O., presenting Theo Jansen's documentary within the congress