ANTARTICA

Explore to understand and protect.

WHAT INSPIRES US?



Exploration
Exploration connects us with the world. It allows us to face the unknown with excitement and look forward to the next discovery.

Science
The study, discipline, and precision of science provide us with opportunities to understand the role we play on planet Earth.

Cooperation
When we join forces, we deepen our knowledge and appreciation of Antarctica so we can better protect its environment. 

Sustainability
Knowing, valuing, and respecting Antarctica’s natural environment and cultural heritage motivate us to take action towards its protection and conservation.

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ABOUT US


We are a group of people who feels a strong commitment to Antarctica. Through the Antarctica21 Foundation we seek to promote the development of educational, cultural, and scientific activities that give value to the Antarctic heritage of Chile’s Magallanes region and of Chile’s Antarctic territories.

The Antarctica21 Foundation works to foster the development of Antarctic awareness and identity. Through its activities it seeks to connect different stakeholders that are committed to the development of Antarctica. The Foundation supports science to guide decision-making about our territory, and to care of our natural and cultural environment so it can be preserved for future generations.

We invite you to discover how to contribute to the objectives of our Foundation.

MISSION

To promote the study, appreciation and social acquisition of Antarctic knowledge and its natural and cultural heritage, promoting the care and protection of Antarctica.

VISION

To be recognized regionally and globally for our contribution to the dissemination of scientific knowledge and of the natural and cultural heritage of Antarctica, and for our dedication to a collaborative approach in the protection of the Antarctic ecosystem.

WHAT WE DO


Human exploration is an important source of inspiration for the Foundation, its projects, and its programs. The Foundation has defined five key priorities: Education, Culture, Knowledge, Conservation and Cooperation. 

DISCOVER OUR PROJECTS

Through cooperation with other institutions, we seek to develop activities, events and cultural products that promote knowledge of and engagement with the Antarctic. To achieve our purpose our action plan includes 5 areas of activity.

As of February 15, 2023, the Magellan community will have access to an interactive experience in which they will be able to learn about the main milestones of Antarctic exploration. This is the exhibition "66°S The last frontier", designed and produced by Fundación Antártica21 with financing from the Public Science Program of the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation.

ANTARTIC TIME TUNNEL

An interpretive exhibit of the natural and cultural history of Antarctica. It places emphasis on the spirit of exploration of southern regions and seas, and on Antarctic knowledge.

ONBOARD SCIENCE

The Antarctica21 Foundation takes a leading role against the challenges of climate change, making a tangible contribution to southern ecosystems.


PHOTOGRAPHY BOOK

We are working on a book of photographs that describes the relationship between Punta Arenas and Antarctica. The book also explores several other topics, including the natural, symbolic, and ethical value of Antarctica.

GREEN ENERGY

We spearheaded a technical evaluation project to identify how green hydrogen can be used as an energy source for Chile’s Antarctic bases.


ANTARTIC TRIVIA

The Antarctic land mass is shaped roughly like a circle of about 4,500 kilometers in diameter, almost entirely within the Antarctic Polar Circle. It has an area of approximately 14,000,000 square kilometers.

Antarctica is the coldest continent on Earth. The lowest temperature recorded thus far is -98.6 degrees Celsius.

The diversity of plants and animals in Antarctica is richer than previously thought. According to a study by Steven Chown of the University of Melbourne, Australia, more than 8,000 species have been recorded in the marine region of the White Continent.

Marine sanctuaries, also known as marine reserves, are areas that are protected against direct human impact. Activities such as fishing, oil extraction, deep-sea mining, and other extractive industries are prohibited.

Although very small, krill is essential for life in Antarctica. The small crustacean ensures the survival of the largest animal on the planet, the blue whale, along with most of the fauna of Antarctica, which feed on the tiny pink creature. Krill congregate in large schools that can often be miles wide, with thousands of crustaceans per cubic meter. Some of these pink schools of krill can be seen even from space.

On December 1, 1959, the twelve countries that had carried out scientific activities in and around Antarctica during the 1957-1958 International Geophysical Year (YGI) signed the Antarctic Treaty in Washington. The Treaty entered into force in 1961 and has been accepted by many other nations. There are currently 54 Parties to the Treaty.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Jaime Vásquez
Jaime Vásquez
Presidente
Jorge Jordan
Jorge Jordan
Director
Scandar Jacob
Scandar Jacob
Director
Nicolás Pivcevic
Nicolás Pivcevic
Director
Alvaro Fisher
Álvaro Fisher
Director
Rodrigo Jordan
Rodrigo Jordan
Director
José Retamales
José Retamales
Director

EXECUTIVE TEAM

Edgardo Vega
Edgardo Vega
Verónica Peragallo
Verónica Peragallo
Wanja Heimpell
Wanja Heimpell

DONATIONS

If you want to collaborate with us and support us, we invite you to see our projects.

Commercial partners

Antarctica 21
IMPA
JORDAN
DAP
SIMUNOVIC
Bendito Pan
Patio BETSAHUR
GREENING

Institutional partners

GIZ
INACH
Universidad de Concepción
Universidad Austral de Chile
Universidad de Concepción
GIZ

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Work with us

The Antarctica21 Foundation is committed to developing projects and initiatives that add value to the White Continent.                   

We have partners in different areas of development, and we are in constant search of new strategic alliances to engage with us for the common good and the protection of Antarctica.

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