Press release in La Tercera.
The experts together with senators, and representatives of NGOs and Community Environmental Committees of the Central Coast, propose a regulation that is capable of protecting the marine-coastal ecosystems and promoting a sustainable development of our coast, in accordance with the needs and challenges that adaptation entails. to climate change.
With the question why Chile needs a Coastal Law, a group of scientists with the support of Environmental NGOs and Community Environmental Committees of the central coast of the country, presented in Valparaíso a proposal for regulations that not only protect the valuable ecosystems of the coastal zone, but also reduce the risk of natural disasters, which Chile “builds” every day, by allowing both legal and illegal occupation of the coastal area throughout the territory.
The proposal, consolidated in the Policy Paper Why does Chile need a Coastal Law? Towards a new coastal governance for the 21st century, experts indicate that the main thing in the country is to change the concept of coastal edge by coastal zone: “It means being able to protect more territory, since the edge comprises only 200 meters from the shore, while the coastal zone would protect about four kilometers of coastal ecosystems that include dune fields, beaches, wetlands and others “ , says Carolina Martínez, UC Geography academic and researcher CIGIDEN .
On the other hand, the senator clarified Ximena Órdenes, during her speech at the seminar that addressed the Coastal Law in the Municipality of Valparaíso, “It is unprecedented that we do not have a Coastal Law that takes charge of the environment. There is sufficient evidence about the threats in coastal areas as a result of climate change, therefore we must address this problem urgently and from a more comprehensive perspective of its management “.
Fragility and ecosystem richness
This is even more worrying, says the director of CIGIDEN and academic of UC Engineering, Rodrigo Cienfuegos , if we consider that the coastal zone it constitutes a space of enormous fragility and ecosystem richness, but it is also the first line in the face of tsunamis and storm surges. “The urban depredation of beaches, dunes and wetlands creates risks by exposing people and property to coastal flooding, and also destroys the natural resilience of socio-environmental systems,” said the expert.