Chile is the pilot country representing Latin America and the Caribbean for the “Institutional Strengthening of Education for Sustainable Consumption (ESC) - Advancing ESC Policy and Implementation Strategies” project. Chile, the longest north-south trending country in the world, is situated in South America, bordering the South Pacific Ocean, Argentina, Bolivia and Peru. It has a population of 17,067,369 (July 2011 est.), of which 89 per cent live in urban centres. Chile’s literacy rate is 95.7 per cent of the total population. Chile, home to the Atacama Desert, the driest desert in the world, faces numerous environmental challenges including widespread deforestation and mining that threatens natural resources, air pollution from industrial and vehicle emissions as well as water pollution from raw sewage.

The project’s duration in Chile is October 2011 to April 2013. The local implementing partner is Consumers International – Regional Office for Latin America (CI-ROLAC). The project is implemented by CI-ROLAC with UNEP’s support, guidance and technical assistance, and the involvement of other key partners such as the UNESCO Santiago Office and the Partnership for Education and Research about Responsible Living (PERL). The Chilean Ministry of Education (El Ministerio de Educación de Chile), Ministry of Environment (Ministerio del Medio Ambiente) and the National Consumer Protection Agency (Servicio Nacional del Consumidor) actively contribute to the project’s developments and are informed of the project’s progress.

Project progress

  1. The Review and Analysis of existing national policy frameworks and initiatives in Chile relevant to ESC, sustainable development, sustainable consumption and production and education strategies/plans was completed in July 2012. This document is available in Spanish and English.
  2. The multi-stakeholder national roundtable discussion with policy-makers and education experts, and other stakeholders, to develop best approaches and tools for ESC, took place on 27-28 August 2012, in Santiago, Chile, bringing together relevant ministries (e.g. environment, education, consumer affairs), education experts and relevant stakeholders to discuss how to adapt Here and Now! ESC Recommendations and Guidelines to national contexts, priorities and needs. The report of the meeting is available in Spanish and English. Click here for pictures of the meeting.
  3. The development and dissemination of national guidelines and recommendations on ESC takes place following the multi-stakeholder national roundtable discussion. The development guidelines and recommendations on ESC for Chile will be finalized in June 2014. The guidelines will be available in Spanish and English in July 2014. 
  4. Monitoring and Evaluation will take place in 2014. The results of the survey as well as the lessons learned will be available online by September 2014.

For more information on the project, please contact:
Mr. Luis Flores Mimica, CI-ROLAC: