WHAT WE DO
FPL aims to design and implement a scalable prototype project for the conservation of Punta de Lobos´s landscape and biodiversity, through the use of a private model of conservation and working together with the community.
Taking into account the specific needs of Punta de Lobos, its conservation model must adapt to a certain set of restrictions:
Public access to the coastline and regulation of touristic activities.
Allow the practice of artisanal fishing and surfing.
Guarantee that the conservation conditions will be applied regardless of who the current land owner might be.
Considering these restrictions FPL finds that the best way to protect Punta de Lobos is through a private conservation model called Voluntary Easement (VE), which is based on the Chilean Law of Conservation (Derecho real de conservación).
To implement this conservation model certain stages must be completed:
Acquisition of the emblematic properties or agreement of current owners to include their lands in the VE.
Design of the Voluntary Easement on the properties.
Implementation of the VE and Monitoring to ensure the established restrictions are followed.
Expansion of the VE to adjacent properties.
On simple terms it works as follows:
MASTER PLAN DESIGN
These days, while the necessary funds to complete the acquisition stage are being raised, FPL is operating on the “Mirador” property starting the restoration and erosion reduction process to understand what the land needs and begin the design – together with the community – of the Master Plan for this conservation Project.
PUNTA DE LOBOS AS A PROTOTYPE:
The success of FPL´s first project could be of great impact for Chilean environmental conservation. The relevance of Punta de Lobos, because of its natural attributes and touristic attractiveness it creates lots of potential for education and provide the opportunity to demonstrate that this model works and that it could be applied elsewhere.