Blue whale and forest conservation in Chile
Blue whale (Balaenoptera musculus), California. Digitally enhanced.
Creation by Chile of a major new marine protected area (MPA) helps secure the future of a local population of blue whales – the largest mammal on Earth. Located off Chile’s southern coast, the 90,000 h Tic-Toc MPA in the Gulf of Corcovado follows 15 years of effort by WWF and other organizations to protect the area from salmon farming and other damaging development. The area is a vital feeding and nursery area for blue whales and several other cetacean species.
Half of Chile’s forest plantations are now certified to Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) standards with addition of 1,1 million ha managed by Forestal Arauco, one of the world’s largest pulp producers. This includes protection of 200,000 ha of forest.