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As a Result of a Cooperation, Young Man From Cape Horn Completes His Degree in the United States

Fernando Saldivia Yáñez, a recent film graduate, is the
first young man from Puerto Williams to benefit from the
bond of cooperation maintained by Chile and the United States and who has spread to Navarino Island thanks to the work undertaken two decades ago by Fundación Omora and his work with the University of North Texas.

Guided Tour Omora Ethnobotanical Park

Please click on the YouTube link in order to experience a tour of the Cape Horn Omora Ethnobotanical Park. Very beautiful!

CONA 49th Anniversary: Comite Oceanografico Nacional - Chile

Please visit website and view video of the 49th Anniversary of CONA:

Listen to Dr. Rozzi and collaborators give their congratulations, history, goals and personal stories with the National Oceanographic Committee of Chile.

El Comité Oceanográfico Nacional (CONA) es un organismo público cuya principal función es la de coordinar a las instituciones que efectúan investigación y actividades relacionadas con las Ciencias del Mar en Chile.

Originalmente el Comité estaba constituido por 9 instituciones, mientras que hoy lo forman 31 instituciones Miembros.

El Presidente del CONA es el Director del Servicio Hidrográfico y Oceanográfico de la Armada (SHOA), quien está apoyado por una Secretaría Ejecutiva y asesorado por la Asamblea, el Consejo Técnico de Planificación y Programación (CTPP) y 10 Grupos de Trabajo.

The IEB Field Station in Puerto Williams Accommodated Health Personnel for Five Months

A little over thirty civil servants from the Magallanes Health Service were accommodated in the Environmental Philosophy Field Station, located in Omora Park, Puerto Williams and were given over five months to help Punta Arenas professionals to support the work of controlling the coronavirus pandemic in Cape Horn.

These facilities which are part of the Sub-Antarctic Biocultural Conservation Program of the Institute of Ecology and Biodiversity, the University of Magallanes, the Omora Foundation and the University of North Texas consist of rooms to accommodate up to twenty four people, three offices and a laboratory.

The director of the Community Hospital, "Cristina Calderon" of Puerto Williams, Fabian Barrientos was appreciative having available the field station, which was recently returned to the researchers.

"For us as a community hospital, the Omora house and the support of UMAG were fundamental to begin the strategy and the control of the COVID-19 pandemic. That is where we were able to house civil servants that came to reinforce and support, even technicians, nurses and doctors that were here from the beginning of the pandemic because we were one of the first communities of the region with an outbreak and many were infected," explained Barrientos.

In addition, he described the fundamental support and facilities which were made available free of charge during a health emergency that included a large expense of health resources. "Hosting our staff members who came to support us was critical and we are very grateful for all the help UMAG provided to the community hospital and to the Magellan Health Service," he said.

Photograph credit:

Omar Barroso

Translation: Carmen Auerbach

Progress of Construction of the Sub-Antarctic Cape Horn Center in Puerto Williams

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