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Ruthenberg, Ina-Marlene; Caicedo, Claudia
This publication presents an evaluation
of the Environmental Institutions Development Project in
Chile, selected by Bank management to be part of an
intensive learning process in final project evaluation,
given its contributing factor to the Bank's knowledge
base on environmental institutional development projects.
The first part of the publication focuses on the project as
catalyst for culture change, and contains excerpts from
lessons learned, with extensive input from the
Project's implementing agency - Comision Nacional del
Medio Ambiente (CONAMA) - government officials, the private
sector, nongovernmental organizations, and academia. Such
lessons indicate that in the absence of a national policy
framework, particularly where a tradition of coordination in
the subject does not yet exist, it is necessary to limit the
project's objectives, but include an aggressive
awareness promotion, and consensus on environmental issues,
with a direct focus on human resources development in
respect to environmental decision-making in sector agencies.
The second part, reflects on the evolution of environmental
institutional development, through working papers presented
at, and compiled from the Seminar on Environmental
Management, covering issues such as design, and progress in
environmental management, the roles of the public, and
private sectors, as well as that of civil society's
perspectives. Further subjects acknowledge international
influences from an industry's perspective on
environmental quality, and impact, and, address how to
strengthen the ties between environmental institutions, and
the international community.