The south Andean deer (Hippocamelus bisulcus), Chilean huemul. (Photography by Mariano Peppi)

Ecological conservation and restoration are pioneering and innovative challenges, and those working in this field are truly several steps ahead in the construction of a modern, developed society, in environmental terms. It is paradoxical that while these activities are among the most obvious options for overcoming the environmental crisis, they are also the most neglected when it comes to implementing legislation and public policies that promote and encourage them.

Despite the difficulties that these activities pose for their scientific careers; the constant frustration of dealing with administrative obstacles; the difficulties in raising funds to carry them out; the unrelenting criticism for working in this new development opportunity, due mainly to an outdated vision of development based on extractivism, a handful of men and women, undoubtedly fully committed philanthropists, have dedicated themselves to this task.

For Geute, any opportunity for promoting conservation and active engagement in the restoration of ecosystems that have been degraded, damaged, or destroyed, is considered a priority. Thus, among our most important tasks are collaboration and consultancy in the donation of private lands to the public Protected Areas System, as well as our involvement in the creation of marine protected areas, all subject to conditions that will enable safeguarding them for a long time. This task is closely linked to our ongoing commitment to work towards strengthening the competencies of the State in the field of nature conservation. 

Notwithstanding the above, we also value private conservation initiatives. The sensitivity of these people could possibly be the only opportunity for conservation in sectors under strong pressure from the real estate, agro-industrial or forestry industries, which is why we are permanently developing tools for resolving the concerns of their owners, such as: the creation of tax incentives, the ratification of public protected area categories, the generation of long-term protection mechanisms, etc.

Thus, we support the design, creation and administration of both public and private protected area projects, from the formation of the necessary corporate institutional framework, the process of preparation for foreign investment (if pertinence), the purchase of land, the creation of geographical information systems, compilation of scientific information and the associated territorial legal framework, acknowledgment of stakeholders, management of boundaries, traffic easements, zoning and land use, infrastructure construction contracts, processing of forest management plans, constitution of water rights, implementation of tourism enterprises, etc.

Regarding restoration work, the degradation of biodiversity and the mass extinction of species require us to work towards restoring degraded systems, renewing the productivity of ecosystems, creating economic opportunities, and recovering the best of our traditions, among others. We therefore collaborate with State and/or private entities to carry out the restoration of areas that have been affected by human intervention.