Salve Las Chinchillas are currently not able to evaluate the efficacy of their habitat restoration and awareness programmes due to a lack of skills and staff. The proposed project will fill this gap, and allow the programmes to be improved in light of the evaluations. The three main objectives of the Darwin project will be to:
1) provide advice on the analysis of the habitat restoration programme, including the establishment of experimental plots to test the efficacy of habitat restoration in providing habitat for chinchillas;
2) investigate how chinchilla conservation can be combined with sustainable livelihoods for farmers in the marginal farming landscape; and
3) generate a Chinchilla Recovery Plan in association with Chilean NGOs, university researchers and the Chilean government conservation organisation.