MERI works to conserve the environment in which we are inserted and of which we are a part. We mainly focus on the northern Patagonia, through the generation of knowledge, promoting education and appreciation of our heritage within a sound scientific background. Conservation is therefore an active science development work with the community promoting the appreciation and care for the ecosystem. This is a broader view than just preservation which keeps a territory without any kind of intervention, or link with the community.
Collaboration is the basis of our work, not only with academic and / or research institutions, but also with local communities and other public and private organizations, generating a positive synergy for the conservation of different ecosystems in Patagonia, for the planet and our future generations.
Biodiversity is the variety and variability of life in its various dimensions. Today, the planet is facing various short- and long-term environmental crisis. As an example, we are facing a scenario of climate change, the acidification of the oceans, water shortage and pollution, loss of protected areas and biodiversity.
The Melimoyu Nature Reserve belongs to the Valdivian-Chiloe ecoregion, the link between the southern boundary of the Valdivian temperate forest and the northern end of Subantarctic Patagonian forest. The Reserve is composed of large extensions of native forest represented by two predominant vegetation levels, the temperate evergreen forest and the temperate resinous Guaitecas cypress and Tepú forest. As for its fauna, the area hosts a great variety of terrestrial and marine species; such as pumas, Darwin frogs, pudús, Chilean dolphin, Peale’s dolphin, Magellanic penguins, Southern fur seal, an incredible variety of land and sea birds, and the blue whales among other cetaceans.
It is important to mention the high degree of endemism in the sector, i.e., species that coexist in a limited sector and which naturally are not found anywhere else in the world: 55% of freshwater fish, 50% of vascular plants, 63% of reptiles and 65% of amphibians are endemic.