Environmental Magement in Chile
The Agreement on Environmental Cooperation between the Government of Canada and the Government of the Republic of Chile was negotiated as a parallel accord to the Canada-Chile Free Trade Agreement. In preparing for the negotiation of the environmental agreement, the Government of Canada assessed the state of environmental management in Chile.
This document provides a description of environmental management in Chile based on that assessment. It is organized in four parts. Chapter one is an overview of the organization of the Chilean state. Chapter two outlines the key element of the institutional system that administers Chile's environmental laws and policies. Chapter three describes key environmental management tools. The managment of selected environmental issues related to mining, forestry, wildlife, and the use of pesticides is found in chapter four, followed by conclusions in the final chapter. Appendix A lists the key Chilean laws that pertain to the environment and provides details on some aspects of these laws.
The document is based on research carried out by Townsend Trade Strategies and interviews conducted by Canada's negotiating team and the Canadian Embassy in Santiago, Chile. It was edited by Susan Ecclestone, Environment Canada. The Government of Canada is indebted to Chile's National Commission on the Environment (CONAMA), and the Chilean negotiating team, in particular Carlos Piña, Leonel Sierralta, Jaime Undurraga, Ricardo Katz, Andrea Butelmann and Paula Troncoso whose expertise proved invaluable and who gave generously of their time. The assistance of Goldie Schermann, Louise Côté, Anne Daniel, Denis Langlois and Andy Bowcott in preparing this document is also gratefully acknowledged.
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