“We’re convinced this is a landmark agreement for the country’s conservation policies because it demonstrates just how much Enel Green Power and the local community can deliver when the safeguard of the indigenous environment and heritage is at stake.”
For the Mapu Pilmaiquén community, La Isla - Salto La Olla Natural Park is actually a conservation area, but more importantly, it’s the stage where they can showcase their cultural heritage to a growing number of environmentally-conscious tourists looking to experience an authentic relationship between man and nature.
Some members of the community took part in training courses to become the tour guides that offer an unparalleled view to over 100 visitors who daily flock to La Isla - Salto La Olla Natural Park, now a sustainable tourism hotspot.
“By joining forces we’ve opened the Park to the public. I’m grateful to EGP for returning the land to the community who will safeguard it by abiding to its core values and beliefs.”
A role model
Enel Green Power strives to promote the social and cultural development of the communities dwelling near its infrastructures, creating shared value by protecting the environment as the way to ensure future generations will thrive in a better world.
“Dialogue and the willingness to join forces are the core values EGP is trying to foster at a global level. We reckon La Isla Park is a true role model, or the demonstration that when two parties share a common vision, the development of initiatives to the benefit of communities and the environment can be swiftly achieved.”
The push for dialogue and mutual understanding generated by La Isla - Salto La Olla Natural Park didn’t fail to get noticed outside of Chile. During the UN Forum on Business and Human Rights that took place in Geneva, Switzerland on November 2018, the Natural Park received an honorable mention for the combined effort from EGP and the local community and for the long-term vision they managed to turn into a reality.
This is yet another testimony of the way sustainable development can truly be effective, thanks to a set of shared and focused initiatives that strive to look for the present and future wellbeing of local communities.