The Chilean government is in the line of fire. It is
being accused by local environmentalist groups of hold-
ing up a private project
aimed to save a vast tract of
the virgin rainforests, only to
ensure the well-being of the
nation's flourishing timber
and salmon companies, who
are exploiting the land.
The project in central Chile was proposed by Douglas Tompkin, a us businessman turned ecologist, who had envisaged a huge private nature park, stretching over 750,000 acres, parts of which were, to be opened to public, some to be kept virgin and the rest used for scientific research. But now he is being forced to suspend his plans because the government will not allow him to buy a piece of land between 2 areas he already owns. The reason given for this is that the project would cut the narrow country into half. The government has now offered to buy the remaining land between Tompkin's 2 pieces.
Tompkin, who has already sunk us $344 million in the project and spent nearly 4 years designing it is furious. "What the government is doing is unilaterally forcing itself on us as an unwanted minority partner," he grumbles.
We are a voice to you; you have been a support to us. Together we build journalism that is independent, credible and fearless. You can further help us by making a donation. This will mean a lot for our ability to bring you news, perspectives and analysis from the ground so that we can make change together.
Comments are moderated and will be published only after the site moderator’s approval. Please use a genuine email ID and provide your name. Selected comments may also be used in the ‘Letters’ section of the Down To Earth print edition.