Ensuring continuous and voluntary conservation
Since its inception, Tierra Austral has focused on creating a secure and enforceable legal land conservation agreement for private landowners. During its early years as a private, non-profit organization, Tierra Austral adapted an existing Chilean law into the Servidumbre de Conservación agreement.
Working with Private Landowners to protect Chile’s natural heritage
Tierra Austral is currently focused on working with different private landowners across the country, and on protecting other properties by exercising the Derecho Real de Conservación.
A Land Trust is a non-profit entity whose mission is conserving biodiversity, and/or its related cultural or social values. It is aimed at land stewardship, i.e., ensuring that nature in a particular area or region is protected effectively and in the long term.
Tierra Austral also played a critical role in the passage of Chile’s breakthrough private lands conservation law, the Derecho Real de Conservación (DRC), which has now become our most important tool for protecting private lands. The DRC enables landowners to enter into long-term private lands conservation legal agreements that are modeled on Conservation Easements in the United States and Canada and Conservation Covenants in Australia.