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A practical tool
for the future of private lands conservation

The DRC is a practical, legally enforceable and flexible agreement that allows landowners to ensure the long-term protection of their property’s ecological, historical or cultural significance- its scenic beauty, species, wildlife habitat, or historical importance– while continuing to own and manage the land as private property. 

Protect nature for future generations

The landowner continues to have all other rights of private property ownership– he or she can live on it, enjoy it, sell it, pass it on to other family members, and in some cases manage it sustainably for income producing land uses like agriculture, forestry, and tourism. And the landowner can do all of this with the knowledge that the property’s conservation values will be protected for future generations.

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How to establish a DRC agreement?

A DRC is stablish through a contract agreement signed by the landowner and a holder. This contract is later registered at the Conservador de Bienes Raíces.

Private land conservation experiences

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Parque El Boldo – Zapallar, Región de Valparaíso

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Hacienda El Durazno – Canela, Región de Coquimbo

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Futaleufú Watershed – Futaleufú, Región de los Lagos

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Cerro Poqui – Coltauco, Región del Libertador Bernardo O`Higgins

DRC and real estate development

Real estate development has become one of the main causes of habitat loss. When environmental factors are not considered, these types of projects result in rapid loss of fauna, soil erosion, alteration of water bodies, among other impacts. The Derecho Real de Conservación allows to define the future land uses of a property, preventing or controlling subdivisions, construction of roads or other infrastructure that will have a negative impact on the ecosystem.
There are certain aspects to consider in order to reduce the impact of real estate development projects. At a minimum, the project should not intervene pristine areas or large areas of endemic or threatened vegetation; it must integrate landscape elements into the distribution of parcels and the installation of services,and should devote a significant percentage of the project area to conservation or low impact recreational uses. Also, the homeowner association agreement, or ideally a DRC agreement, should prohibit certain damaging activities, such as logging native species, the introduction of invasive species, or vehicles off the roads.