CONAF-Tarapacà, part of Chile’s National Forestry Corporation, was created in 1973 with the objective of “contributing to the conservation, increased management, and use of the country’s forest reserves”. Its mission embraces the conservation of biological diversity through the National System of Protected Wild Areas for the benefit of society. CONAF contributes to the sustainable management of native forests, including xerophytic species — that can grow in environments with very little water – as well as forest plantations through oversight of forestry legislation and environmental protection.
As an Acción Andina partner, CONAF works in the Arica and Parinacota region as well as in the Tarapacá region, reforesting native Polylepis species.
CONAF Regional Director
Juan Ignacio Boudon Huberman is the Regional Director of CONAF in the Tarapacá Region, where he leads several climate change adaptation projects. Juan Ignacio is completing post-graduate work toward a sustainable tourism and protected area degree from the University of León, Spain. He also holds a bachelor of science degree from the Arturo Prat University, Chile, and a degree in tourism management from the Professional Institute of Chile. He has over a decade of experience managing and directing public institutions, including the development of community projects related to climate change. Juan has special expertise in building community partnerships in areas surrounding protected areas.