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LINKING PEOPLE AND ORGANIZATIONS WORKING TO BETTER UNDERSTAND
AND PROTECT THE ENVIRONMENT IN CHILE AND CALIFORNIA.

CHILE CALIFORNIA

CONSERVATION EXCHANGE

WHY CHILE AND CALIFORNIA?

Chile and California have remarkably similar landscapes - the Andes and the Sierra, central valleys, coastal mountains, Mediterranean climate zones, the Atacama and the Mojave deserts, essential fisheries and long Pacific coastlines. At similar latitudes South and North we are trans-hemispheric twins - all this in addition to long historic, economic and cultural ties. With the climate crisis upon us Chile and California are struggling with many of the same inter-related challenges.

We have experiences to share and much to learn from each other. 

WHY THE CCCx?

 

The Chile-California Conservation Exchange exists to link people and organizations that are working to better understand and protect the environment in Chile and California. More specifically, the CCCX was created in 2017 to:

  • Help build more robust laws, practices and institutions for the conservation and protection of land and water, including the marine environment in Chile,

  • Expose California conservation leaders to conservation innovations taking place in Chile, 

  • Foster ongoing, mutually rewarding collaborations among conservation leaders and practitioners engaged in the protection of land and water in Chile and California, and

  • Expand conservation philanthropy in Chile.​

 

Environmental justice, threats to biodiversity and the climate crisis inform all our work.

We have experiences to share and much to learn from each other. 

CCCX TODAY

Pre-covid we held annual conservation conferences in California attended by Chilean government officials, academics and NGO staff. Over the past two years we have produced collaborative reports on coastal resilience and constitutional principles for the custody of nature inspired by the public trust doctrine.

 

In 2022 Chile finds itself in an extraordinary historical moment. A new Government with high environmental aspirations is taking office. Ideas for legislation relating to the coast and other environmental issues have been gestating for years. Concurrently a constitutional process is underway which will most likely result in an entirely new draft Constitution that will be presented for a national plebiscite later in the year. The Constituyentes (Delegates to the Constitutional Convention) are scouring the world for ideas and best practices to incorporate into the new Constitution and the legislation that will follow. California has experiences and institutions that hold useful lessons for Chile and Chile is innovating in ways to inspire and educate Californians.

We have experiences to share and much to learn from each other.