Chilean Patagonia to see Reforestation Project
The Patagonian regions of southern Chile are due to benefit from the largest scale project of reforestation in the history of the region with the planting of over 10,000 trees.
The past century of Chilean history has seen deforestation and monoculture planting that has harmed their region’s dramatic natural beauty and left the environment poorly equipped to recover from devastating forest fires. This has forced Chilean Patagonia’s native forests into a rapid decline damaging the environment, wildlife and beauty of the region.
This trend of forestry decline is hoped to be reversed though as Reforestemos Patagonia, promoted by Fundacion Imagen de Chile, are hoping to plant over half a million native trees across Chilean Patagonia through 2012. The program will hopefully reinvigorate the endemic flora of the region and restore Chile to its natural state of stunning beauty.
Although the project is being carried out by non- profit organisations, the reinvigoration of Chilean Patagonia’s environment will have benefits beyond giving llamas a nicer home. Eco- tourism is big business these days, beautiful surroundings attract tourism from across the globe.
The Patagonian regions of neighbouring Argentina have proved the value of a healthy environment as the area is globally recognised as a region of beauty, which generates huge volumes of business from companies like swoop-patagonia.co.uk who run hundreds of holidays to the region every year.
Chile’s reforestation could attract travellers and tourists to the region who are eager to enjoy the region’s dramatic landscapes featuring glaciers and mountains, as well as their exotic creatures like the Andean Condor. Not only local tours but Patagonia has proved itself a perfect stepping stone for launching Antarctica fly and cruise which are not only highly sought after by travellers but highly lucrative.
The holiday industry will promise to generate profits not just to tour providers, but bring broader profits to local business, who provide places to eat, travel and all the other services travellers will need whilst visiting. This will in turn promote the tangible benefit of a healthy environment and encourage further funding to improving conditions for Patagonia’s ecology.
Over the past century 7.5 million hectares of native Chilean forests have been lost. Old, irresponsible industrial practices have seen trees cut down for logging and monoculture planting, the practice of planting tight rows of single species to try and maximise wood production at the expense of diversity. These practices have seriously harmed the sustainability of the Patagonian environment meaning that after forest fires the environment hasn’t had enough diversity in flora to bounce back.
So with the news of reforestation to Chilean Patagonia the future will only be looking brighter for the local environment, local traders and travellers keen on finding new beautiful locations to explore and discover as more national parks open and Torres del Paine trekking tours become increasingly available.
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