CURRENT PROJECTS 2022

OUR FIRST ANNUAL CALIFORNIA “MEET UP” – MAY 13, 2022

This event at the David Brower Center in Berkeley, will bring together Californians from academia, government, and the business and nonprofit sectors who are working on environmental/conservation projects in Chile in order to (1) get to know one another; (2) gain a better understanding of the full range of collaborative environmental/conservation activities underway in Chile, and (3) learn about current political and Constitutional developments in Chile.  Based on how it goes we would like to make this an annual event. Space is limited but let us know if you would like an invitation.

THE “GOVERNOR'S TOUR” – OCTOBER 2022

 

With all the changes taking place in Chile we are planning an intensive 4-day seminar on coastal and marine issues for about a dozen high-level Chilean officials including Regional Governors, Ministers and Legislators. The tour will be organized with and jointly sponsored by the Chile California Council and Observatorio de la Costa, a consortium of organizations and institutions promoting a framework for coastal legislation in Chile. The participants will meet with leading California researchers and policy makers. The point of the trip is not only to share information but also to provide an opportunity for the Chilean policy makers to better get to know one another and bond in furtherance of enlightened coastal and marine laws, policies and practices. 

TRACKING THE PUBLIC TRUST DOCTRINE AND THE CONSTITUTIONAL PROCESS

 

In 2020 and 2021 the CCCX brought together legal scholars in the U.S and Chile to produce a report on the relevance of the public trust doctrine to the constitutional process underway in Chile – Protección de la Naturaleza y Una Nueva Constitución para Chile: Lecciones de la Doctrina del Public Trust. Spanish and English versions of the report are available in the Archive on this website. With the leadership of Dominique Hervé and Verónica Delgado, the report provided the foundation for the constitutional clause Custodia Pública de la Naturaleza, that is being considered by the Constitutional Assembly. We are tracking the development of this clause inspired by the public trust doctrine.

FACILITATING OTHER EXCHANGES AND COLLABORATIONS

 

The CCCX has sparked multiple collaborations such as that between the U.C. Santa Barbara Center for Ocean and Coastal Policy led by Charles Lester and Carolina Martínez with the Observatorio de la Costa and Universidad Católica in Santiago. Another is linking the California nonprofit Marine Applied Research and Exploration (MARE) led by Dirk Rosen with the ocean protection community in Chile.  MARE has innovative underwater devices for monitoring marine protected areas.  We are also exploring an exchange with wine growers in the Casablanca wine region of Chile. We are always looking for ways we can help connect Chileans and Californians (and others) doing good work for the benefit of the earth and the species that depend upon it including us.

NEW IDEAS?
 

Our resources are limited but we welcome ideas for how we can better link people and organizations working to better understand and protect the environment in Chile and California.