Story from Irina Montenegro, WWF Chile/CCNet Latin America Franchise
CONAF, the National Forest Corporation in Chile, is responsible for the administration of the Wildlife Protected Areas. In 2016, CONAF adopted the Open Standards as the main methodological framework for their management plans. This past June, the CONAF regional office based in Magallanes (the largest and southernmost region in Chile) and WWF Chile arranged an Open Standards training for 22 staff, including administrators, technical staff, and park rangers of seven protected areas in the region. The workshop sought to increase the capacities of CONAF staff at a regional level so that each team responsible for a protected area can develop their own conservation plans. With the support of CCNet Coach Irina Montenegro, participants got familiar with key tools from the first two steps of the Open Standards by applying them to case studies from their own protected areas. A story on this training can be found in Spanish in the Chilean publication Diálogo Sur.
CONAF staff from the Magallanes region gather at an Open Standards training in June 2019, in Punta Arenas, Chile. Photo credit: Irina Montenegro/WWF Chile