Study places Chile among the 10 countries that invest the least in biodiversity

Chile should invest  at least $ 55 million more in protection per year. The Ministry of Environment recognizes lack of resources, particularly for marine protected areas.

With about 14 million hectares of protected areas, divided into parks, reserves and national monuments, Chile is one of the countries that invest the least in biodiversity. This was revealed by a comprehensive study, which made a statistic comparison of 124 countries, where Chile is among the 10 worst rated (ninth).

The report, prepared by an international team of researchers from the University of Georgia, Michigan and Brown, United States, U. Simon Fraser, Canada, U. College of London, United Kingdom, and the U. Santa Cruz State, in Brazil, considered six global databases on protected areas, species distribution, GDP, and conservation costs and expenses, among others.

Anthony Waldron, a researcher at the U. of Georgia and the State of Santa Cruz, says the UNDP report released in 2010 indicates that Chile spends just over 60 cents per hectare in its protected areas, about 325 Chilean pesos, well below the average for Latin America and the Caribbean, which was about $ 1.95, and with the expense of Argentina (U.S. $ 8.56) or from poorer countries such as Guatemala, Nicaragua and Honduras, who spent three to four dollars per hectare.

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