The San Ignacio del Huinay Foundation is a private non-profit institution that was created to protect, conserve and foster bio-geographic heritage of Huinay and, specifically, the fjords of the Los Lagos Region of southern Chile.
It was founded in 1998 by Endesa Chile (now Enel Generación Chile) and the Catholic University of Valparaíso, and began activities in 2001. It includes a Scientific Station covering 34,000 hectares in the Comau Fjord of the Palena Province where the Foundation seeks to foster biodiversity conservation, scientific research and techniques for sustainable development, doing so in a unique natural laboratory that is open to the local and international scientific community.
This project is based on three lines of action related to the concept of sustainable development:
• Scientific research;
• Conservation of biodiversity;
• Support for the community.
In a bid to achieve the active conservation of the areas surrounding Huinay, the Foundation has decided not only to conserve already existing species but also to work to recover degraded areas and ecosystems in a bid to achieve progress.