Santiago (Mon., 3/9/09) – Fundacion Terram: A Voice for Chile
by Leslee Alexander -- March 9th, 2009
Terram is a watchdog group that researches social and environmental justice issues in Chile.
Chile, the second largest producer of farmed salmon in the world, is expected to lose up to 50% production this year. And Sebastián Ainzúa, the Economics and Globalization Coordinator at Fundacion Terram, is tracking the sustainability of environmental and social impacts with a keen eye from their offices in Santiago.
Terram is a watchdog group that researches social and environmental justice issues in Chile. They promote democracy in a country that only recently embraced promoting citizen participation. They work to improve the quality of life in Chile. Their purpose is to engender a framework for sustainable development through conservation and ecosystem protection. Sebastián has a lot of work ahead of him.
Terram identifies the problems and promotes them using technical analysis and the media. But the newspapers are center-right, making it difficult to get the word out about environmental and social issues. Policy is recommended, but there is no implementation, permitting or enforcement. And philanthropy is virtually non-existent in Chilean society for these issues. Support has been leveraged from international groups, and Terram has done some noteworthy work.
They focus on four distinct topics: salmon aquaculture, environmental justice, natural resource management and economics. Most industry in Chile is in private hands, which discourages implementation of government policy. There are few mechanisms in place for analyzing environmental issues, and no baseline data for the analysis.
Terram is not Greenpeace, not the Center for Biological Diversity, not the Union of Concerned Scientists. Terram is the voice for the people. A voice for sustainable development in a county with little environmental policy.