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Environmental Cooperation Agreements between the United States and Chile

Environmental Cooperation Agreements between the United States and Chile

January, 2013
A Chilean and a US participant at Torres del Paine (DOI)

A Chilean and a US participant in Torres del Paine (DOI)

U.S. and Chilean scientists monitors a Glaciar instrument. (DOI)

U.S. and Chilean scientists monitors a Glaciar instrument.

U.S.-Chile Environmental Cooperation  (PDF 269KB)

On June 17, 2003, the United States and Chile signed an Environmental Cooperation Agreement to protect the environment while promoting sustainable development in concert with expanded trade and investment ties. Working together, the United States and Chilean Governments have collaborated with several program partners.

U.S.-Chile Cooperation on Sustainable Tourism in Protected Areas of Patagonia (PDF 320KB)

The United States and Chile are working together to develop sustainable tourism in Patagonia under the U.S.-Chile. With support from the U.S. Department of State, the International Environmental Cooperation AgreementPrograms (IP) division of the US Forest Service (USFS) and Chile’s National Forest Corporation (CONAF), are developing a framework for designing and developing new park infrastructure, while minimizing negative environmental impacts and increasing benefits to local communities and their economies.

Cleaner Production Private Sector Partnerships Project (CPP)–Chile (PDF 431KB)

Support for the development of environmental practices in the private sector is a priority under the U.S.-Chile Environmental Cooperation Work Program. As a part of this effort, the World Environment Center (WEC) signed a two-year Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Department of State to provide on-the-ground support to businesses in Chile to save money and protect the environment.

U.S.-Chile Cooperation on Salmon Aquaculture (PDF 515KB)

Under the U.S.-Chile Environmental Cooperation Agreement the United States and Chile are working together to improve the long-term health of aquatic animal populations. With support from the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is working directly with Chile’s National Marine Fisheries Service (Sernapesca), the salmonid producer organization Intesal, and Universidad Austral de Chile to strengthen disease detection and response in farmed salmon populations.

U.S.—Chile Environmental Cooperation on Biodiversity Governance (PDF 417KB)

Successful environmental cooperation achieves the twin goals of increased prosperity and improved protection of natural resources. Chile’s establishment of a new Ministry of the Environment signals a renewed commitment to natural resource protection. Under the U.S.-Chile Environmental Cooperation Agreement, DOI is working with Chile to strengthen the institutions responsible for managing protected areas and biodiversity.

U.S.– Chile Enforcement and Inspection Capacity Building (PDF 353KB)

Chile’s Superintendent of the Environment (SMA) has new responsibilities for conducting environmental inspections and taking appropriate enforcement actions for environmental violations. Under the U.S.-Chile Environmental Cooperation Agreement, and with support from the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is collaborating with SMA on trainings and policy development, helping to strengthen the capacity of SMA staff and inspectors in other ministries.