Archipelago in Chiloé Waits for World Shorebirds Day

September 20, 2019

Natalia Martínez
Ornitóloga / Universidad Austral de Chile
Archipiélago de Chiloe, Chile

During World Shorebirds Day, we find ourselves in Chiloé waiting for the return of the migratory Nearctic shorebirds. While they were reproducing in the Northern Hemisphere, the Coastal Solutions team, integrated by biologists, sociologists and engineers, worked with local communities, government agencies and private companies to begin the participatory development of the “Best Practice Guidelines for the Cultivation and Extraction of Pelillo”. Pelillo is a type of marine algae, primarily used to produce agar, that is grown and harvested in intertidal environments. Because of this, this year we wait for the shorebirds along with the pelillo harvesting community, to continue building collaborative strategies that will improve the livelihoods of everyone that depend on these intertidal environments.