Transboundary protected area proposals along the Southern Andes of Chile and Argentina: Status of current effortsThis article is part of a larger document. View the larger document here.
An evolving network of protected areas along the southern Andes of Chile and Argentina-the heart of Patagonia-are in various stages of evaluation and potential Transboundary Protected Area designations. This paper examines three such efforts. The first proposal is the North Andean-Patagonia Regional Eco-Corridor, which was the subject of a recent bilateral meeting between Argentine and Chilean officials to set a framework for pursuing international status of this 180-mile (300-km) long corridor. The second effort is based on a recent private land acquisition of a large ranch in Chile’s 11th Region with plans to restore the area and create a “Patagonia National Park” that has the potential to be the impetus for a transboundary protected area. Finally, another private land acquisition provides the link to connect national parks in Chile and Argentina on Tierra del Fuego. Supporters are pursuing Biosphere Reserve status for this mountain range at the end of the world.