Valdivian Coastal Reserve, Chile.
Scenic landscape. Valdivian Coastal Reserve, Chile. © Ian Shive

From the Andes to the Chilean Coast, Conserving the Forests to Protect the Water

Chile is home to very diverse ecosystems. From the northern desert to the southern araucaria forests, the water supplied to 6 million people in Santiago depends on the forests’ good health. If those ecosystems are lost, industry will suffer, and agriculture will become impossible. The Nature Conservancy works to conserve the forests of Chile to ensure the environmental services they provide.