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Discover a better future for nature on a journey though South America

South America is an exceptionally vibrant part of our world, blessed with rich biodiversity, complex ecosystems and awe-inspiring landscapes.

ICMM members are committed to reverse the loss of nature that is still happening in the region and working to help contribute to a nature positive future in collaboration with local communities, NGOs and government. 

Now, take a journey through South America to visit remarkable projects that are creating positive change for nature – both protecting wildlife, and conserving and regenerating land. 

Looking after habitats and creatures great and small in the Amazon Forest, Brazil

Operating in the Brazilian Amazon for over 35 years, Vale helps to protect an area of approximately 800,000 hectares, in partnership with government agencies. The area is home to more than 3,000 species of plants and animals, including that are endangered and endemic.

The BioParque Vale Amazônia in the Carajás National Forest – one of Vale’s numerous well-established parks in Brazil – it is all about wildlife and plants. The park, which celebrates its 40-year anniversary in 2025, is an inspiring mix of conservation, visitor attraction and research hub. Covering 30 hectares of native forest, it is home to diverse fauna including otter, the black jaguar, the cougar and the Uta Hick’s Bearded monkey. 

The site is also a home to a rainbow of beautiful birdlife. Counting golden parakeets, hyacinth macaws, red macaws and turquoise-fronted parrots, the park carefully balances protection while promoting knowledge sharing.

Flourishing nature sanctuaries, Chile

In the coast-hugging nation of Chile, where the Andes meets the coastal range, Minera Los Pelambres of Antofagasta Minerals is working to protect and conserve an area that is equivalent to six times that used by its mining operations.

Los Pelambres lies in a valley that is particularly rich in biodiversity. There are four nature sanctuaries officially protected in the valley as well as various protected areas and research initiatives.

Work there includes a mix of land restoration and wildlife protection. Laguna Conchalí is a coastal wetland and key location for migrating birds, while Monte Aranda is home to the vulnerable Chilean palm tree. The Quebrada Llau-Llau nature reserve counts endangered species such as the white Chilean myrtle flower and the canelo tree in its care.

A particularly interesting initiative at the Cerro Santa Inés nature sanctuary looks to protect the semi-arid area’s only rainforest: the coastal fog that sits on the Cerro Santa Inés hill plays a vital and fascinating role in the forest’s survival.

Conserving island life, South Pacific

Teck has donated $10m to help protect one of the most threatened ecosystems in the world – the Juan Fernández Islands in the South Pacific, located 670km off the coast of Chile. 

This will support local conservation initiatives as part of Chile’s Protected Marine Program. The archipelago – which includes islands of cultural and historical significance such as Robinson Crusoe Island, Alexander Selkirk Island and Santa Clara Island – has been a National Park since 1935 and a UNESCO-designated Biosphere Reserve since 1977. 

As a home to wildlife, conserving the precious ecosystem in these islands is a matter of extreme urgency, with many of its 130 endemic species deemed to be endangered and in need of protection. 

ICMM members including Antofagasta Minerals and Teck are committed to helping contribute towards a nature positive future in South America. These landscape scale projects are a result of intensive collaboration between local communities, Indigenous Peoples, governments and NGOs – and are helping nature in the region to thrive.