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Native forest participatory restoration and water quality and quantity social monitoring

Wednesday 07 November · 1 day

Includes: transportation, snack and lunch


An important part of the rural areas of south central Chile are supplied with water that comes from small forest basins where silvicultural management activities are carried out. We will visit two rural locations in the vicinity of the city of Paillaco, Los Ríos Region, where rural inhabitants are actively involved in water management. During the visit a) we will review the functioning of a local organization that manages water for human consumption (Comité de Agua Potable Rural de Reumén) and we will discuss the importance of social involvement in watershed management actions, b) we will get to know an internet platform for the valuation of water resources in forest ecosystems developed by the Forestry Institute (INFOR) ( and c) we will visit a collaborative work experience between the National Forestry Corporation (CONAF) and 14 peasant families that have started to develop restoration projects of native forests in headwaters of basins from where they obtain water for consumption. We will finish the activity with a typical barbecue prepared by the inhabitants of the sector (meat, potatoes, salad, fruit, drinks). A vegetarian option will be available upon request.

  • 45 km from Valdivia (1.5 hours walk)
  • 8:00 am – 17:30 pm. Start-return to Valdivia

Field Trip at no extra cost


Related papers

Little C, Lara A, McPhee J, Urrutia R. 2009. Revealing the impact of forest exotic plantations on water yield in large scale watersheds in South-Central Chile. Journal of Hydrology 374: 162-170.

Little C, Lara A. 2010. Restauración ecológica para la recuperación de la provisión de aguas en cuencas forestales del centro-sur de Chile. Bosque 31(3):175-178.

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