Conservacion Patagonica

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Founded in 2000 by Christine and Douglas Tompkins, founders of the Patagonia clothing company, Conservacion Patagonica works to protect natural spaces, recover endangered species, encourage organic agriculture and support healthy communities. The organization seeks to make a difference in the Patagonia region of South America by protecting large tracks of productive and biologically diverse habitat, restoring wetlands and wildlife and generating economic opportunities for local residents. The creation of Patagonia National Park will secure protection for 650,000 acres of vast open space, enabling conservation at a biologically significant scale in this sensitive area.

Ensuring the local community participates and profits from conservation efforts and tourist activity is a key component of the organization’s model. Former gauchos are trained as park rangers, and conservation workers partner with project biologists on wildlife tracking and animal behavior. A local school provides education and a community-gathering place, and park-based outreach brings children onto the land to learn about endangered species and the community benefits of conservation.


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Environmental Conservation Land Conservation in Patagonia


Conservacion Patagonica

  • date awarded

    Jul 2006

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  • term

    18 months


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