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Pumalín, February 11, 2019.- Minister of National Assets, Felipe Ward, visited Pumalín Douglas Tompkins to celebrate, together with the president of Tompkins Conservation, Kristine Tompkins, the concretion of the Network of National Parks of the Chilean Patagonia, after the eight parks that form part of this network completed their official procedure in the General Comptroller’s Office of the Republic. «After a long process, the creation of this Network, created thanks to the largest private donation in history for conservation purposes, culminates. It is a very important milestone, because national parks are the garden of all Chileans and we have to take care of them», said Minister Felipe Ward during his visit to the Pumalin Douglas Tompkins Park.
This network was established through the donation of over 1 million acres (407,000 hectares) by Tompkins Conservation in March 2017, which, added to the state contributions, allowed the creation of 5 National Parks (Melimoyu, Patagonia, Kawésqar, Cerro Castillo and Pumalin Douglas Tompkins) and the extension of three others (Hornopirén, Corcovado and Isla Magdalena). It is a network of 4.5 million hectares.
The Secretary of State and Kristine Tompkins also signed an agreement whereby the portfolio is committed to supporting the Route of Parks of Chilean Patagonia, a scenic route of 1700 miles between Puerto Montt and Cape Horn, which connects 17 National Parks with 60 communities, offering an opportunity for local economic development through tourism as a consequence of conservation.
«The Parks Network is the starting point for something even bigger, which is the Route of Parks of Chilean Patagonia, which protects more than 28 million acres (11.5 million hectares) under the category of National Park, being a world reference for conservation», said Kristine Tompkins, President of Tompkins Conservation and UN Environment Patron of Protected Areas. «Chile is at the forefront of these issues thanks to the work of different actors of the public and private sector, who have seen in conservation not only an effective tool to preserve ecosystems and counteract the climate change, but also as an engine of local economies», added.
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