For a Coastal Law for Chile

Why does Chile need a Coastal Law?

The idea of a Coastal Law It arises a few years ago from the scientific diagnosis on the state of conservation of the coastal zone in Chile, where we have been experiencing a series of disasters caused by recurring threats, recent effects of extreme events associated with climate change (swells, floods, coastal erosion), Intense extractivism of marine-coastal resources, lack of protection of critical habitats, social inequity on the coast due to the economic model and the lack of regulation of the coastal area.

For a Coastal Law for Chile


During 2019, Coastal Observatory and its legal commission made up of prominent lawyers linked to environmental law, focused on the systematization of information on the normative and institutional body of the coast in Chile.

The team is currently working on the initial proposal to be socialized during 2021 with the communities, ministries and society in general.


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To this is added a National Policy for the Use of the Coastal Edge that is now 25 years old and has not been reviewed in the context of the challenges of the 21st century.

The Coastal Observatory has been the technical-scientific platform that has promoted this idea to the community in general and since 2019 we have had an active participation in different instances, among them the Senate Environment Commission, the COP25 in Madrid, the Social Summit for Climate Action and different seminars with the community, highlighting the alliances made with the Community Environmental Committees of Cartagena, Algarrobo and El Tabo.

The Coastal Law is a proposal from the Coastal Observatory that is part of the vision of tending to co-create planning and local governance of the coastal zone in Chile, under a focus on sustainability and adaptation to a climate change scenario. .

This leads us to be active actors in the development of scientific evidence for public policies that promote the integrated management of coastal zones and their changes, with special emphasis on influencing the coastal border policy.

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The Coastal Observatory considers citizen participation vital in the construction of the Coastal Law that it promotes, especially the native peoples and fishermen of the country's coves, as well as other regulations necessary for its success such as the regulation of water, and the Law of Glaciers given the connection of the hydrographic basins with the coast. Promoting this Law is a complex but necessary task for the survival of the coastal zone in the face of climate change.