Conservation in Patagonia: known knowns and known unknowns

Pablo A. Marquet, Departamento de Ecología, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile

Chilean Patagonia, we know, is one of the last large wildernesses on earth and among the few regions in the world that has more than half of its natural habitat remaining and protected (along with a large pool of soil organic carbon). We know it shows a promising trend toward stakeholder coordination and funding for conservation, but at the same time it faces important challenges associated with known unknowns or identifiable but poorly understood phenomena, such as climate change, invasive species, pollution and a growing human presence in the area. Available evidence suggests that the synergic interaction of these drivers should be one of our main concerns.