Torres del Paine Biosphere Reserve: challenges of a new territory
The Torres del Paine Biosphere Reserve covers more than 770,000 hectares, between the Andes Mountains and the Patagonian Steppe in southern Chile, facing the Atlantic coast. It is an area of great scenic beauty, with many ridges, glaciers, waterfalls, rivers, turquoise lakes and lagoons, which receives more than 115,000 visitors a year. It faces increasingly complex challenges as a result of the rising flow of visitors to the region, added to the effects of climate change, such as the risks of forest fires and degradation.
A new book analyzes the challenges faced by the biosphere reserve, just over 40 years since UNESCO recognized Torres del Paine National Park as a Biosphere Reserve in 1978 and following its expansion to adapt to the new criteria promoted by the Organization, which was approved a few months ago. The National Forestry Corporation (CONAF) in Magallanes, Chile launched "Reserva de Biosfera Torres del Paine: Desafíos de un nuevo territorio" (pdf, in Spanish) on 12 August 2020.