CDE - Chile

First protected area 100% energy self-sustaining in Chile

Contract: 2017.10

First protected area 100% energy self-sustaining in Chile

Project Type :

Pilot Project


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Project Start :

September 2017


End of Project :

Planned 2019

Partners :

University of Bern, CDE – Centre for Development and Environment,, Stephan Rist


Swiss Contribution

The Swiss project partners include the Centre for Development and Environment (CDE) and the UNESCO Chair for Sustainable Mountain Development (all University of Bern), park managers from the UNESCO world heritage site “Swiss Alps Jungfrau-Aletsch” (SAJA), the World Nature Forum in Naters (VS), the Energy Region Goms and EBP Schweiz. These actors have a broad experience in sustainable governance of protected areas.


The general achievement of the project concerns the establishment of the first protected area that is 100% energetically self-sustaining in Chile. The project includes the creation of a local governance model for the park that ensures its sustainability in time, the design and construction of sustainable shelters for visitors, the retrofitting of existing infrastructure to suit the needs of a sustainable park as well as the creation of a strong bond with the local schools and universities. The implementation of information available for visitors via web and mobile apps, the creation of a sustainable mobility program, and a strong marketing and communication strategy to bring visitors interested in zero emission tourism makes also part of the project.