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Lake Palena National Reserve
View of Lake Palena National Reserve
View of Lake Palena National Reserve alongside members and authorities of the community including Neftalí Rozas, member of the Chilean Forest Service in Palena.
View of Lake Palena National Reserve alongside members and authorities of the community including Neftalí Rozas, member of the Chilean Forest Service in Palena.
Patagonia has innumerable attractions, including numerous national parks, reserves, and monuments.  These public protected areas provide an excellent opportunity for the development of tourism in the communities nearby.

The Foundation is supporting the development of Lake Palena National Reserve by working hand in hand with the Chilean Forest Service ( CONAF).In 2010, Fundación Patagonia Sur employees took a trip to Lake Palena National Reserve along with CONAF officials, local guides, and authorities in an effort to evaluate the status of the infrastructure within and around the park. During this visit, participants discussed ideas concerning the betterment of the reserve’s public image and accessibility and planned activities to achieve those goals.

In the summer of 2010, the Foundation hosted Clare Miller, a Harvard undergraduate student who studied the potential for the touristic development of Lake Palena National Reserve. In particular, Clare focused on the possibility of positing the nearby village of Palena as  a gateway community to the park.  The term “gateway community” describes any small town or village (less than 10,000 inhabitants) that is situated near the entrance to a public park, reserve, or other protected space. While these communities have historically relied on the extraction of raw materials for economic stability, many have been able to profit from the seasonal flow of tourists which helps create green jobs and a more stable local economy.

The foundation has also begun to have a more important role in the National Council for the System of State Protected Areas (SNAPSE) that was formed by CONAF in October of 2009. The purpose of the council is to involve both public and private sectors in the process of decision making that affects the protected areas in the province. Fernando Grandon, the head of the Foundation’s conservation projects, is the president of the council.

In the past, the Foundation has also supported CONAF in the creation of management plans for both Lake Palena National Reserve and Futaleufú National Reserve. In 2008, the Foundation worked with SurAmbiente, an environmental consulting firm, and CONAF to perform baseline studies of these two protected areas. The goal of the baseline studies is to identify the flora, the fauna, and the ecosystems present in natural preserves. In meetings during the fall of 2009, CONAF and SurAmbiente defined the objectives for the development of Lake Palena National Reserve and Futaleufú National Reserve while considering the interests of community members as well as the vision of Fundación Patagonia Sur.

The development of the management plans plays an important role in Palena and Futaleufú and it is hoped that the reserves regulate the use of this natural capital while promoting the area as a tourist destination. The Foundation also hopes that this project will increase the respect and awareness that the communities have for their rich natural resources.

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