The Wine, Climate Change and Biodiversity Program
is a scientific initiative of the Institute of Ecology and Biodiversity (IEB) and the University Austral of Chile, which aims to show that biodiversity conservation and the development of the Chilean wine industry are compatible endeavors.
This program began in 2008 with the specific goal of promoting the protection of biodiversity in the Chilean Mediterranean ecosystem, which is underrepresented in the National System of Protected Areas. These central Chile ecosystems contain over 50% of the Chilean vertebrate and plant species, and have been severely affected by human activity.
Our research focuses on understanding how natural landscapes can continue to provide environmental services to both industry and local communities, under a scenario of increasing human impact and future climate change.