The document entitled “Towards a coastal law in Chile: criteria and challenges in a context of climate change” is part of the Policy Papers Series of the Research Center for Integrated Disaster Risk Management[CIGIDEN] . Prepared by academics: Carolina Martínez, Federico Arenas, Kay Bergamini and Jorge Urrea, published in September 2019.
Researchers and experts on the issue of coasts argue that a public policy that is directly and adequately linked to the coasts of Chile must be based on understanding that the interaction between the various systems is diverse in nature. That is why the legislative body must promote a Chile that has sustainable development in its different areas, from the social-environmental to the economic.
Consequently, this document concisely exposes relevant diagnostic criteria to obtain an adjusted and proportionate management of the coastal zone, from the critical reflection of the current National Policy for the Use of the Coastal Edge dating back 25 years without being exhaustively reviewed. .
At the same time, the constant change of our Chilean coast requires legislative measures that integrate challenges to face and solve in the most opportune way the adaptation processes that climate change requires.
The message is clear: the updating of concepts such as the coastal border, the re-construction of the legal corpus and the understanding of the coastal zone as a territory with particularities for local management, are part of some very important aspects to consider in this collaborative process of work by overcome risks and challenges around the vulnerability of our national coasts.
We invite you to read this document and learn about the urgency of a coast law!