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SustentaRSE publishes report on climate change policies in Chile

Posted: Monday 3 December 12, 11.28am GMT

SustentaRSE -a Chilean member organization of the CSR 360 Global Partner Network- developed a country level study on Climate Change policies, as part of a Regional Report that analyses and compares the findings of national studies from a total of 10 countries in the Region , namely, Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Chile, Ecuador, El Salvador, Paraguay, Peru and Uruguay- with main focus on the AFOLU sector (Agriculture, Forestry, and Other Land Uses).

The Chile Country Report addresses various political and institutional aspects of the current policies situation on climate change, including analysis on the quality of its design, the level of execution, institutional strength, and the political and social support they provide.

The Regional Report entitled as “The State and Quality of Public Policies on Climate Change and Development in Latin America” was published by the Latin American Platform on Climate (known by its Spanish acronym PCL) and carried out under the sponsorship of the Oak Foundation, CDKN and AVINA Foundation.

Juan Carlos Urquidi, Project Director at SustentaRSE – co-author of the Chilean report, explains in this video, the main findings and current state of Chile’s situation of the country level study, as well the outlining of different aspects of public policies on Climate Change that need to be redesigned, improved or strengthened.


Urquidi explains that the Chilean environmental “institutionality” does have very low impact on public policy management to face climate change. Despite that the country has an Environmental Ministry, such entity limits its action to integrate the “associated problems” in the general preexisting public policies of the country and to “coordinate” the development of a national response from the public sector.

The Environmental Ministry does have a Climate Change office, which notwithstanding its very existence, lacks of faculties, prerogatives, resources, manpower and territorial presence evidently required for a more effective impact.
In light of the above, the report concludes that Chile must generate an explicit and stronger policy of State in matters of Climate Change aiming to grant political surety and legal certainty to those long term actions in order to shield Chile’s aspiration to become a relevant international actor in forestry and agricultural – food sectors attaining socio environmental competitiveness, which in turn serves to guarantee the citizen’s rights to live in a pollution free environment and which also allows confronting the menaces, challenges and opportunities arising from climate change, with flexibility and vision of future.

Regional Findings

The Regional Report attempts to identify the principal existing governmental actions and initiatives that serve to address Climate Change and its development in each country as well as the quality of those policies, the level of its implementation and execution, the resources and capabilities of the organizations responsible for carrying them out, besides the level and nature of the existing political and social support that surrounds these agendas and governmental actions.

Amongst the main findings of the Regional Report, the first of its kind in the region, are fundamentally the lack of domestic implementation of climate policies and the minimal significance they imply vis a vis the other political issues contained in any regular governmental agenda. The really weak link between existing Climate Change and macroeconomic policies of Latin American countries ultimately results in a negative effect on the efforts to adapt and mitigate the consequences of climate change, especially considering some development policies’ content which are in contradiction with preexisting criterions to confront climate change.

This is also quite evident due to the peripheral positioning that climate change issues do occupy in countries’ domestic political agenda and in the governmental institutions´ Climate Change role of most countries in the region.

Taking into account that Chile is the largest per capita Green House Gas emitter in the Latin American Region highlights the urgent need to interact and to engage with all related stakeholders arising from the political, economical, and social spheres of influence in this debate related with Climate Change matters, thus to construct political and social coalitions that help promote and sustain development agendas that can effectively address the challenges posed by the gigantic threat of Climate Change and Changing Climate.

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