May 2020. 


The purpose of this report is to examine the concept of the Public Trust Doctrine and consider whether its principles might be incorporated into the new Chilean Constitution in order to provide greater protection of the natural environment.

The Public Trust Doctrine is an ancient legal concept that can be traced from Roman law and the British Magna Carta to the present. Initially, in the modern era it applied only to navigable rivers and shorelines. Over the past 60 years courts, legislatures and constitutions throughout the world have expanded the doctrine to extend to a wide range of natural resources, including ecological services.


Marshall. California. October 20th to 23rd. 2019 


This is a Report on the 3rd Annual CCCX Conference held at the Marconi Conference Center on Tomales Bay in Marshall, California from Sunday, October 20, 2019 through Wednesday, October 23, 2019. 

At this year’s Conference, we shared ideas on coastal planning and regulation, marine protected areas, large landscape protection strategies, standards for private land conservation, supporting national parks, tax policy and conservation philanthropy. The climate crisis informed all of the sessions. We talked about resilience and adaptation, environmental education, grounding our work in science and the need to effectively communicate the urgency of the crisis. The Conference was preparatory to COP 25 but focused on what needs to happen after the COP.


Download here the talks made from our guests in the last CCCX Conference



Santa Cruz. California. October 21st to 25th. 2018 


This year we brought approximately 30 Chileans and 30 Californians, joining others from throughout the US. Among them we had government officials, conservation leaders and subject matter experts to move forward in better conservation policies, practices and join ventures for the challenging upcoming years.

Main topics discussed this year were;

  • California’s Experience with Coastal Protection

  • Chilean challenges for a stronger coastal conservation future 

  • Conservation Philanthropy & Generating Revenue for Operations - How California non-profit conservation organizations raise operating funds – How is philanthropy in Chile. 

  • Institutional Development/ Collaboration & Alliances - What might a nation-wide Chilean conservation organization modeled after the Land Trust Alliance look like? An organization that would convene an annual training conference, facilitate collaborations, advocate for public and private conservation funding and set standards for conservation practice.


Nuevos Parques Nacionales en Chile

LA TERCERA Newspaper / February 22nd 2018 

by Ricardo Rodriguez (Chile California Council) & Tomas McKay (Chile California Conservation Exchange)

Column of opinion at one of the most sold newspaper in Chile. As a start for a sequence of interactions between Chileans and Californians in regards to conservation issues.

CCCX 2017 CONFERENCE / Sonoma County. California

September 25th to 28th. 2017 


Final Report for the four day conference (September 25-28, 2017) that brought 24 Chilean conservation leaders (a legislator, government officials, landowners, attorneys, NGO and foundation staff) to Sonoma County, California to meet with more than 40 of their California counterparts. Topics discussed included an overview of the public and private institutions engaged in land conservation in Chile and California, a comparison of conservation easements and Chile’s derecho real de conservación, the economics of land protection, financing mechanisms such as mitigation, the carbon market and various federal programs in the US, conservation philanthropy, and tax incentives.  The conference concluded with a workshop at the Pepperwood Preserve on Mediterranean habitat zones that are found in Chile and California.


An Open Field: Emerging Opportunities for a Global Private Land Conservation Movement

by Laura Johnson

This paper explores the history of the land trust movement in the US, looks at specific examples of the growing private land conservation movement around the globe, and proposes a model that includes a framework of legal, financial and organizational elements that are needed to grow and sustain private land conservation activity regardless of geography.