Torres del Paine Biosphere Reserve: challenges of a new territory
A new book analyzes the challenges faced by the biosphere reserve, just over 40 years since UNESCO recognized Torres del Paine National Park as a Biosphere Reserve in 1978 and following its expansion to adapt to the new criteria promoted by the Organization, which was approved a few months ago. The National Forestry Corporation (CONAF) in Magallanes, Chile launched "Reserva de Biosfera Torres del Paine: Desafíos de un nuevo territorio" (pdf, in Spanish) on 12 August 2020.
The launch of the book was attended by the Intendant of the Magallanes and Chilean Antarctica Region, José Fernández Dübrock, the CONAF regional director, Mauricio Véjar, as well as many representatives of local authorities and public and private organizations, highlighting the importance of having a Biosphere Reserve in the territory and the essential work that is being carried out in this area.
Irene Ramírez, coordinator of the Torres del Paine Biosphere Reserve, presented background information on what the expansion of this territory as a biosphere reserve meant and the current challenges. She also explained the main contents of the book, which was financed by the regional government of Magallanes and Chilean Antarctica.