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Int'l - Important climate win, as massive underwater kelp forest guarded by Kawésqar Indigenous Peoples in Chile

The Kawésqar Indigenous Community residing at Puerto Edén, Chilean Patagonia, have secured over $1 million USD from the Chilean government to protect and strengthen underwater kelp forests and the climate services they provide.

PUERTO EDéN, CHILE, July 21, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ -- The Kawésqar Indigenous Community residing at Puerto Edén, Chilean Patagonia, have secured over $1 million USD from the Chilean government to protect and strengthen underwater kelp forests and the climate services they provide.

The community aspires to be the guardian of the climate regulating functions of the Bernardo O'Higgins National Park, the largest national park in Chile and part of the ancestral territory of the Kawésqar Indigenous community. This funding will support studies, protection and guardianship of the fjord and archipelago system within the park.

“Protecting and restoring kelp forests pays back major returns for local economies, ocean life and the climate. This commitment from the Kawésqar community is exemplary and inspiring for other regions of the world”, stated Dr. Colin Bates, director of Ocean Wise's Seaforestation Initiative.

Ocean Wise, a global NGO on a mission to protect and restore the world’s oceans, is a member of the advisory group of the Jetárkte ethno-scientific station in Puerto Edén and is working to restore kelp forests worldwide.

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