Focus on the Coastal Zone, Connecting the Western Pacific between Chile and California

Focus on the Coastal Zone, Connecting the Western Pacific between Chile and California


On Wednesday, December 4, a conversation panel was held with the participation of the Minister of Science Andrés Couve and the Chilean Coastal Observatory coalition; among them: Dr. Rodrigo Cienfuegos (CIGIDEN), Dr. Carolina Martinez (CIGIDEN), Carolina Jarpa (Universidad Austral) and Jacqueline Peters. They were also participants in this keynote talk Amanda Hansen (California Deputy Secretary of Natural Resources Agency) and Dr. Patricio Winckler (professor at the University of Valparaíso – CIGIDEN). According to the most recent IPCC report, the coastal zone will be the one that will suffer the greatest impacts of climate change. This is particularly true for Chile, a coastal country by definition with 6,435 km of coastline. In addition, with a tectonic nature that amplifies the effects. Significant increases in sea level, as well as in the frequency and intensity of coastal storms, are two combined phenomenon that mean more flood events, and therefore greater damage to the population and public infrastructure. The disorganized urban expansion with deficient instruments for the planning of the use of the coastal zone, have contributed to increase the erosion, degradation and risks in the coastal zone. The coastal zone in Chile represents a pillar key of our economy and identity. It grants sustenance to millions of Chileans and Chileans, it constitutes a space of well-being and public access for recreational, traditional, spiritual and medicinal purposes. It represents a space for transit, migration and exchange with other regions of the world, and a key area to advance environmental justice issues. Within the environmental and climatic agenda, it may be the one with the highest incidence and social impact towards people’s well-being.

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