Building Patagonia National Park
What does it take to make a new national park?
When we set out to create a national park, our goal is a flagship park that protects a large, biologically critical area, invites visitors to experience the natural world, and contributes to a vibrant local economy. To best conserve biodiversity, protected areas must encompass a substantial area of intact ecosystems, which can support healthy populations of all native species.
Parks thrive in reality (not just exist on paper) when people visit, explore, support, and advocate for them. One of the few parks being created on this scale in the world, the future Patagonia National Park will anchor ecotourism in the Aysen Region, thereby promoting a mode of development that embraces and protects the area's incredible natural character. The future Patagonia National Park will form a new chapter in the global history of national parks as key attractions of nations and focal points for environmental awareness.
A park like this does not come into existence overnight. Through collaborating with local, regional, and national governmental authorities, we plan to donate a fully functional new park to the Chilean park system within the next eight years. The work of park creation can be divided into four major areas: buying land, restoring biodiversity, building public access, and community engagement.