Patricio Novoa Quezada 2014FireChile web3CEED researchers have recently published a letter in Science, in the wake of devastating fires through central Chile.

Recent large-scale wildfires have affected almost 1000 km² of native forest in Mediterranean Chile (a globally threatened biodiversity hotspot). In the aftermath of the fires, the government plans to restore the Mediterranean landscape with native forest on public land. However, almost all of the native forest affected by the fires occurs on private land. Researchers Maria Martinez-Harms, Hernan Caceres, Duan Biggs and Hugh Possingham make an urgent call to the Chilean government to facilitate the restoration of native forest on private land through government compensation to land owners. Central Chile is particularly sensitive to climate change, and the recent fires highlight the need for a robust landscape-scale institutional response to reduce the risk fire poses to people, ecosystem services, and biodiversity in Mediterranean native forest.

Read the paper HERE.


Martinez-Harms, M. J., H. Caceres, D. Biggs and H. P. Possingham. 2017. After Chile’s fires, reforest private land. Science 356:147-148.


Photo by Patricio Novoa Quezada, of the April 2014 bushfires in central Chile. (source: Flickr CC BY-NC 2.0).