Using the Standards to help the Chilean wine palm

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Using the Conservation Standards to help the Chilean wine palm

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The Chilean palm (Jubaea chilensis) is an endemic species to Chile and is the southernmost palm tree in the world, making it a species of great scientific and ecological value. Based on current data, it is believed that within the last 500 years, this species has lost nearly 98% of its population due to heavy exploitation, largely for its sap used to make palm honey known as “miel de palma,” (a practice that was not regulated until 1941). Chilean wine palms used to number in the millions but are now estimated to be fewer than 130,000.

La Campana National Park is home to the largest surviving population of Chilean wine palms (about 60,000 individuals). Identifying this population as a conservation priority for the park in 2016, the Chilean National Forest Corporation (CONAF) decided to use all steps of the Conservation Standards in their work to help rescue and save the trees.

To help protect the trees, CONAF worked with the communities living in close proximity to Chilean wine palms to help establish the first official ban on extracting palm seeds. Additionally, CONAF changed the species classification from vulnerable to endangered and began the process of having the tree species listed on the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) as well as creating a livestock registry in the park the tree is mainly found within. 

Learn more about how CONAF took the steps of the Conservation Standards to address conservation challenges of the Chilean wine palm by exploring the document on the left or download their submission form here.

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