Chile develops 10m acres of parkland in historic green drive

Feb 12, 2018, 12:07 PM EST
(Source: vaubeh/flickr)
(Source: vaubeh/flickr)

Presenting an exemplary model of public-private participation in conservation efforts, the Chilean government has developed 10 million acres of sprawling parklands, aptly dubbed “as an unprecedented act of preservation.”

The creation of the parks wouldn’t have been possible but for the benevolent donation of one million acres of privately-held land by Kristine Tompkins, former CEO of outdoor apparel company Patagonia, writes The Guardian.

Tompkins recalls that the teeming wildlife and foliage in the parks have come after physically and politically challenging work, notes National Geographic. Tompkins initially faced local resentment for insulating the land from industries but gradually the ice melt as community was involved in planning and conservation efforts.