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Chile
Chile has over 8,000 islands, including four oceanic island groups, many of which have high rates of endemism and are important breeding sites for seabirds.

However, like many islands around the world, predation by introduced invasive species, such as rabbits and rats, threatens the survival of Chile’s endemic flora and fauna.

In recent years, Chile’s National Commission on Environment (CONAMA) declared important plant species, such as the aromatic small tree ‘Juan Fernández Incense’ (Robinsonia macrocephala), the ‘Juan Fernández Chenopodium’ (Chenopodium nesodendron), a wild sibling of the Quinoa, and a few others, have become extinct. The main factor contributing to these extinctions is overgrazing and habitat transformation due to introduced herbivores. 
  
Island Conservation is collaborating with several agencies of the Chilean Government, particularly with the National Forestry Corporation (CONAF), the National Commission on Environment (CONAMA) and the Agriculture and Livestock Service (SAG) to design and implement the removal of invasive species. The focus of this collaboration is the Juan
Fernández Archipelago National Park and the Humboldt Penguin National Reserve, but plans are being developed to initiate work in the Isla Mocha National Park, which is home to one of the two only breeding populations of the Pink-footed Shearwater.
 
 
Critically Endangered Juan Fernández Firecrown. Invasive species present on the island heavily impact the native forest these hummingbirds depend on.

 

Robinson Crusoe Island, one of three islands in the Juan Fern�ndez Archipelago, Chile. This iconic island is home to many native and endemic species, including the Critically Endangered Juan Fern�ndez Firecrown.


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