Conservation and Adaptive Management Strategies for Chile’s National System of Protected Areas (SNASPE)

Third Place (Tie) Case Study Competition 2020

Authors: Chilean National Forest Corporation (CONAF), Natural Protected Area Management Office, Adaptive Management for Conservation Section.

Location: Chile’s National System of Protected Areas

Conservation and Adaptive Management Strategies for Chile’s National System of Protected Areas (SNASPE). 

In 2015, Chile began a process for the strengthening of its National System of Protected Areas (SNASPE) through an adaptive management approach, based on evidence and experience, to measure the effectiveness of its conservation efforts. By 2017, a commitment indicator was updated to incorporate elements of adaptive management and modern conservation planning language (Open Standards) for the management of all the natural protected areas in the country. The implementation of 343 activities associated with 22 different strategies aimed at targeting 17 different threats in 83 protected areas (PA), revealed the relevance of strategic planning and adaptive management to increase management effectiveness and promote positive changes in the conservation status of biodiversity.

CONAF staff celebrating!

CONAF staff celebrating!

The process is characterized by the adoption of a model for the planning, implementation, and evaluation of conservation strategies in the National System of Protected Areas of Chile, based on adaptive management. Its design was inspired by existing processes worldwide, such as the Standardization of Strategies and Threats (Salafski et. al.) and the book “What Works in Conservation” (Sutherland et. al.); likewise, the findings and lessons from this process could be used, adopted, and/or adapted by protected areas and other public and private conservation programs at the national and international level.

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