CURRENT PROJECTS 2022/23
ANNUAL CONSERVATON CONFERENCE AND SMALLER EXCHANGES
2022/2023 is a remarkable moment in Chile’s history with a young new Administration that has a strong environmental agenda, the prospect of a new Constitution and the transition and implementation challenges that will entail. In the (hopefully) post-covid era we plan to get back to annual conservation conferences and facilitating particular collaborations. Our focus will be on coastal/ marine issues and biodiversity (including parks and the Mediterranean climate zone) all in the context of the climate crisis. In connection with our yet to be scheduled 2023 conference we are planning a “Governor’s Tour” which would bring a contingent of high-level Chilean officials charged with implementing a new law of the coast to meet with California officials.
CHILE CALIFORNIA “MEET UP” – MAY 13, 2022
On May 13, 2022 at the David Brower Center in Berkeley, California the CCCX brought together about 60 people from academia, government, and the business and nonprofit sectors who are working on environmental/conservation projects in Chile 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. Minister of the Environment Maisa Rojas welcomed the group and outlined her agenda in a pre-recorded video and constitutional scholar Javier Couso brought the group up to date on the constitutional process underway in Chile. Short presentations from about 10 organizations followed and the event ended with a Chilean wine and empenadas reception. The remarks of Minister Rojas and a brief summary of the presentations are included in the ARCHIVE of this website.
FROM THE “PUBLIC TRUST DOCTRINE” TO “CUSTODIA PUBLICA DE LA NATURALEZA” AND THE NEW CONSTITUTION
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 legal 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”. As of June 2022 the Constitutional Assembly is completing a draft of the new Constitution to be submitted to the voters In a national plebiscite on September 4, 2022. We will be monitoring this process and the transition and implementation issues that will follow.
The CCCX has sparked multiple collaborations such as that between the UC 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. The Observatorio, a broad coalition of Chilean academic and nonprofit groups, has just proposed a framework for a new law of the coast. We are also working to link 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.
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.