Patag­o­nia Mar y Tierra Work­ing Group

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The Patag­o­nia Mar y Tierra ( Sea and Land) Work­ing Group seeks to raise the level of man­age­ment in na­tional parks that have his­tor­i­cally re­ceived lit­tle in­vest­ment, de­velop a net­work of marine pro­tected ar­eas, se­cure greater pro­tec­tions for na­tional re­serves, and pro­mote pub­lic-pri­vate col­lab­o­ra­tion for con­ser­va­tion.

The group’s found­ing or­ga­ni­za­tions -Au­men, Cen­tro Bal­lena Azul/Blue Whale Cen­ter, Me­limoyu Foun­da­tion, Omora Foun­da­tion, Ter­ram Foun­da­tion, Tomp­kins Con­ser­va­tion, WWF Chile and The Pew Char­i­ta­ble Trusts Chilean Patag­o­nia Project- in­clude di­verse tech­ni­cal ca­pac­i­ties in con­ser­va­tion science, re­search, ed­u­ca­tion, and pub­lic pol­icy. Jointly they seek to ad­dress the many chal­lenges fac­ing marine and ter­res­trial parks and re­serves in Patag­o­nia in­clud­ing im­prov­ing le­gal pro­tec­tions, build­ing plan­ning ca­pac­ity, in­creas­ing tech­ni­cal and fi­nan­cial re­sources, ad­dress­ing threats, and mon­i­tor­ing.

Pro­mot­ing col­lab­o­ra­tive net­works and in­te­grated marine-ter­res­trial con­ser­va­tion strate­gies in Chilean Patag­o­nia

One of the re­gion’s largest chal­lenges is the creation of pub­licly pro­tected marine ar­eas that com­ple­ment the ex­ist­ing ter­res­trial pro­tec­tion. To this end the Work­ing Group pro­motes a net­work of MPAs that ad­e­quately rep­re­sents all marine ecosys­tems, is re­silient in the face of cli­mate change and other threats, and cov­ers the crit­i­cal habi­tat needs of threat­ened species. This re­quires more sys­tem­atic and ag­ile pro­cesses for declar­ing MPAs, the creation of pub­lic fi­nanc­ing, min­i­mal in­fra­struc­ture in each re­gion, and mon­i­tor­ing pro­grams.

Greater pub­lic-pri­vate co­op­er­a­tion will be crit­i­cal in or­der to achieve in­te­grated marine- ter­res­trial con­serva-

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