Projects in Chile

Public comment on the decision of the Antofagasta Court of Appeal

La Serena 18th May 2023.

With misleading information they want to force the Dominga project on us. Tendentious publications point out that the Court of Appeal gave "support" to the Dominga project even though the Committee of Ministers rejected it.

Today we Celebrate, Tomorrow we Fight for a Marine Protection Zone

Landau 25 January 2023. On 18 January, the Committee of Ministers (1) approved 12 appeals against the Dominga mining and port project and unanimously rejected the controversial project. 

Before the decision, supporters and critics were very active. The broad alliance Alianza Humboldt invited to the cultural campaign "Music and Protest – No to Dominga" on the Plaza de Armas in La Serena. In the more than 4-hour program, very different artists performed. The performances in front of several hundred people were complemented by speeches by representatives from Chungungo and Punta de Choros, Alianza Humboldt and regional authorities. The speakers reaffirmed their commitment to a marine protection zone and a Humboldt Archipelago free of megaprojects.

Acknowledgment - January 18, 2023

La Serena January 18, 2023 

Special thanks from Alianza Humboldt Coquimbo Atacama go to the social and environmental organizations, non-governmental organizations, scientists from Chile and to all around the world for their support in protecting the Humboldt Archipelago.

The organizations of Alianza Humboldt Coquimbo-Atacama living in the bays and villages of the communities of La Higuera, Freirina, Coquimbo and La Serena, express sincerest thanks to all the organizations and people who have supported us in more than fifteen years of dedication to the protection of our natural heritage, the Humboldt Archipelago with all its inhabitants.

Umwelttraining für Lehrer in der Region Coquimbo

Info There is no translation available for this article. Article in German.
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La Serena 21. Oktober 2022

Der Workshop „Umweltbildung“ für Lehrer ist Teil des Bildungsprogramms für Nachhaltigkeit „Humboldt-Archipel" von SPHENISCO CHILE und wurde von der Artenschutzstiftung Zoo Karlsruhe gefördert.

Successful Conclusion of the Photo Exhibition "Humboldt Penguin"

La Serena, 19 December 2022.

The Coquimbo region is home to at least 80% of the world's population of the Humboldt penguin, a very special bird species that lives on the desert coast of Peru and Chile. 

Prevention and Treatment of Accidents – Training for Diving Assistants and Shell Divers in the Humboldt Archipelago

La Serena November 21, 2022. 


Between October 17 and 21, a training for the prevention and treatment of accidents was held in the bays of Chañaral de Aceituno, Punta de Choros and Chungungo for diving assistants, shell divers and boat staff of the Humboldt Archipelago. The training was run by the experts Dr. Jean Ruffez, Plongeurs du Monde and Louis Rebboh. 

Symposium "Humboldt Archipelago Marine Protected Area"

La Serena, Landau 27 November 2022. Even before SPHENISCO was founded in 2008, citizens, scientists and environmental organisations were campaigning for the protection of the Humboldt Archipelago in northern Chile. Since then, the world-class ecosystem has repeatedly been threatened by large-scale projects and has permanently occupied the courts. Lawsuits are also currently pending, including the action for annulment brought by a citizen (see article under News). Following the decision of the Corte Suprema in May this year, the Boric government, the Committee of Ministers, must decide whether the approval of the large-scale project "Dominga" was correct and thus valid (see "Environmental court gives action...", News).

Research Impressions - Part 2

Dunedin, New Zealand 11th of July 2022

I actually made it back to New Zealand, even though the return flight turned into a mammoth undertaking due to flight delays and missed connections. In the last few days I have tried to get over the jet lag and only ventured into my office today.

Alejandro and I had ample time to discuss our expedition and draw a first conclusion before my departure. And to cut a long story short - I think the trip was extremely successful!

Impressions of our Research – Part 1

Choros Island, Coquimbo Region, Chile, June 13, 2022

June 13 - Day 1

We have indeed made it and arrived on Isla Choros. And we have cutting-edge mobile phone reception here – unbelievable for me! So I won't miss the opportunity to send you a short expedition report. (sorry in advance for any spelling or grammar mistakes - I'm typing all this on my cell phone while lying in my tent).


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