Chile California Conservation Exchange 2018
CHILE CALIFORNIA CONSERVATION CONFERENCE
The CCC supported and engaged in the Chile California Conservation Exchange meeting in Santa Cruz, CA in October 2018, where 32 Chilean environmental policy leaders and conservation practitioners met and exchanged ideas with a like number of U.S. and California peers. Specific topics discussed were:
1) Coastal Zone Management & Protection – reviewing 50+ years of experience with California’s Coastal Act and current coastal issues and challenges in Chile and California
2) Conservation Philanthropy & Tax Law – examining how California nonprofits raise operating funds and the tax impediments to conservation philanthropy in Chile
3) Collaboration & Alliances – considering whether the time might be right for a national umbrella conservation alliance in Chile.
In the course of the meeting Felipe Ward, Minister of National Assets, highlighted proposed policies for national parks and the coastline. Jorge Flies, former Governor of Magallanes and Chilean Antarctica, noted opportunities that may arise from Chile’s planned decentralization to new regional governments in 2020.
The 2018 conference was not intended as a singular event but rather as part of an ongoing process of broadening and strengthening networks and of institutional development in the environmental and conservation field throughout Chile and California