MIM inaugurated the new Adriana Hoffmann interactive garden with community planting


The Interactive Knowledge Center, a complex that includes the Mirador Interactive Museum (MIM), Universo Tunnel, Plaza Solar, the Workshop Schools and a vast natural environment, has inaugurated the first phase of the Adriana Hoffmann Interactive Garden, a new space of five hectares that seeks to promote and educate in the protection and sustainability of the natural environment.

The inauguration of the first phase of this project was attended by Irina Karamanos, president of the New Times Foundation; Julieta Brodsky, Minister of Culture, Arts and Heritage; Claudio Urtubia, Executive Director of the Agriculture, Communication, Training and Culture Foundation (FUCOA); Claudia Lagos, Undersecretary for Early Childhood Education; Enrique Rivera, executive director of MIM; and communities of scientists, artists, neighbors, and nature advocates; which also participated in the first community planting, of the many that the initiative provides.

The milestone represents the beginning of a project that allows the rescue of an area of ​​50,000 square meters that had never been open to the public, which is being transformed, from museography, botany, landscaping and sustainability, to generate an environment that enhances and represents the diversity of the country’s native flora from north to south.

Awareness

“If we don’t embed consciousness in this culture, it will be difficult for us to solve the problem from a scientific and technological point of view, so the humanities are fundamental in this regard,” said Enrique Rivera, executive director of MIM.

“Adriana Hoffmann’s contribution is fundamental, and what we are doing is preserving her memory and her legacy, in terms of her activist work of socio-environmental awareness and love of nature, because in this way we can spread that idea to the communities and to the more than 1,000 people who visit us every day, to take care of this context of climate emergency,” he added.

More than 6,000 native plants and trees have already been planted and community gardens, a greenhouse, a seed house, paths, walkways and interactive modules will soon be added, combining contemplation, recreation, mindfulness, education, research and conservation.

Although the entire project is designed for the long term, since it is determined by the time it takes for living organisms to grow, from next week it will begin to welcome groups of explorer visitors, who will be able to visit the space and participate in an environmental education activity through guided tours by museum mediators and upon registration.

Pride

“We are proud that initiatives are being implemented that value nature, the care and conservation of the native flora of our country, to encourage contemplation, promote recreational activities and raise awareness about nature. And it is very important to be able to have more green areas in the southern area of ​​the Metropolitan Region, which is the area with the least number of natural spaces for the community, because what we are finally doing is democratizing access to nature,” commented Irina Karamanos , president of the New Times Foundation (MIM).

The Adriana Hoffmann Interactive Garden contemplates the creation of a sclerophyll forest, that is an ecosystem that exists only in five places on the planet, of which the most important is in central Chile, and is the most threatened by the climate crisis and the activity of the being, which plays an important role in the water cycle and soil conservation, key aspects in the face of the imminent advance of desertification and drought.

“The inauguration of this garden is a symbol of the work that the MIM is doing to open up to the community. The neighborhoods of San Gregorio, Joao Goulart and Yungay, in La Granja, have never felt like their own space, and in the end that’s what we want to transform as well as government, to make it a public space where residents come to develop a community of life . And we know that the exercise of working the land together and planting trees is a way to generate social ties, so important for restoring a social fabric,” commented Julieta Brodsky, Minister of Culture, Arts and Heritage.

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The forest is created with the Miyawaki method, which allows species to grow ten times faster without resorting to artificial methods, without damaging ecosystems and at the same time restoring the soil, respecting native species and opening new habitats for biodiversity.

The space will be a true refuge for both biodiversity and people, containing species such as Belloto del Norte, Boldo, Peumo, Quillay, Maitén, Algarrobo or Espino, among many others. On the other hand, it will provide habitat for the fauna of the area, especially birds and insects, which play an important role as pollinators and seed dispersers.

Its name is a tribute to the botanist Adriana Hoffmann, a tireless defender of Chile’s forests and biodiversity, who passed away in 2022 at the age of 82, leaving a priceless legacy of knowledge and love for nature.

A new natural space for neighbors

The Adriana Hoffman Native Garden will represent a meeting space between the community and nature, located in the southern area of ​​Santiago, where there are municipalities with the least access to green areas per inhabitant in the Metropolitan Region, and which require an improvement of ‘access to nature, therefore, its creation will also democratize access to nature within the framework of the concept of an ecological just transition.

The proposal contemplates a dense living fence that reduces noise and dust from the Parque Brasil recreation area, adjacent to the project area, to foster an environment conducive to an experience that invites visitors to reflect and contemplate the project . , and above all of the neighbors, because the idea is that this space goes back to being the patio where we played before the museum was installed.

Natural environments like this are vital in terms of the ecosystem services they can provide, such as providing green spaces that connect citizens with nature, regulating temperature, controlling dust, being a natural home for life and diversity and the emotional, psychological well-being and benefits of the communities living in the environment.

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