About Us

Presentation of the CIEP

The Patagonian Ecosystems Investigation Research Center (CIEP) contributes to the sustainable development of the Region of Aysen through scientific research of excellence pertinent to the interests of the community and productive sectors.

Created towards the end of the year 2005 within the framework of the Regional Program of the National Commission for Scientific and Technological Research of Chile, it has become a point of reference in research related to the development and sustainability of Patagonian ecosystems.

What is the CIEP?

The Patagonian Ecosystems Investigation Center (CIEP) is a non-profit Regional Corporation of Cooperative Development which projects itself as an important center of academic excellence. This, because it has permitted the development of fundamental research that is applied to Aysen region (Chilean Patagonia), offering a reference framework for public, private and academic organizations.  

It responds, especially, to the regional need for an institution dedicated to investigation, innovation and technological transference, by aligning its strategies for action with productive priorities and strengthening national and international collaboration networks which benefit regional development.  The prominence assumed by the Center has given it the categorization and challenge of being the “technological arm of the Regional Government of Aysen.”

The CIEP has eight people with doctorates in the fields of terrestrial ecosystems, aquatic ecosystems, sustainable tourism, and fisheries and aquaculture.  It includes, among its ranks, important researchers who are, additionally, editors associated with scientific journals. 

Mision y Vision


The CIEP generates scientific knowledge that helps to understand Patagonian ecosystems functions and to value the natural heritage of the region, fortifying the regional identity and providing planning tools for a harmonious development of society with the natural surroundings. 


  • To contribute to the development and sustainability of Patagonia through scientific research of excellence pertinent to the interests of the community and productive sectors.
  • To consolidate the regional investigative capacity to determine the impact of global, regional and local disturbances in the terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems of Patagonia.
  • To promote the development of sustainable productive activities, particularly in the areas of aquaculture, tourism, fisheries and forestry.
  • To intensify the research applied to regional problems and promote the transfer of scientific knowledge to the regional society.
  • To broaden the international scientific networks in order to diversify the research developed in the region, adopting international standards in the quality of knowledge of its ecosystems.
  • To generate truthful and relevant information for the sustainable management of the key ecosystem services in the socio-economic development of Aysen.


The directory consists of nine directors, three of which are designated by the Regional Government of Aysen, and the other six are elected by the Assembly of Partners.

At present these are:

  • Héctor Canales Cabezas (Presidente-GORE)
  • Hernán Elizalde Valenzuela (Vicepresidente-INIA)
  • Andrés Franco Henríquez (Tesorero-CEPES)
  • Eduardo Vera Wandersleben (GORE)
  • Andrea Foessel Bunting (GORE)
  • Hans Richter Becerra (U. AUSTRAL)
  • Andrea Rodríguez Tastets (U DE CONCEPCIÓN)
  • Juan Paulo Vega Haristoy (CONICYT)
  • Esteban Ramírez Moraga (INTESAL)