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Sustainability 2018, 10(5), 1584; https://doi.org/10.3390/su10051584

Private Protection Initiatives in Mountain Areas of Southern Chile and Their Perceived Impact on Local Development—The Case of Pumalín Park

Institute of Geography, Leopold-Franzens-Universität Innsbruck, A-6020 Innsbruck, Innrain 52f, Austria
Received: 1 March 2018 / Revised: 7 May 2018 / Accepted: 10 May 2018 / Published: 15 May 2018
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This paper aims to identify the socio-economic impacts perceived by the local community to be caused by Pumalín Park, one of the biggest and most remarkable private protected areas in Chile. In recent years, the Pumalín Park project has had a tremendous influence on the local economy by providing job opportunities for local entrepreneurs, protecting native forest and strengthening social awareness, particularly in the nearby town of Chaitén, which was stricken in 2008 by a volcanic eruption. The methods used were secondary data review, semi-structured interviews with key informants and questionnaires aimed at assessing the local population’s perception of the park’s contribution to their community. The results indicate that Pumalín Park plays an important role in local development, enhancing not only conservation of fragile mountain ecosystems, but also revitalizing the economic base of this rural and marginalized area of southern Chile. View Full-Text
Keywords: Chile; Patagonia; private conservation; local development; foreign investment Chile; Patagonia; private conservation; local development; foreign investment
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Hora, B. Private Protection Initiatives in Mountain Areas of Southern Chile and Their Perceived Impact on Local Development—The Case of Pumalín Park. Sustainability 2018, 10, 1584.

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