FPL What do we do – Fundación Punta de Lobos

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.

CONSERVATION MODEL

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).

STAGES

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:

  • The land owner decides to voluntarily limit his rights over the land, to favor the protection of certain Eco systemic attributes it may have.
  • Certain restrictions are set and inscribed over the property titles so that these restrictions can’t be changed even if the owner of the land changes.

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.