Public-private Partnership for Coastal Alerce National Park
Los Rios, Chile
This study assesses the feasibility of public-private partnership within the Coastal Alerce National Park (CANP) to be established in the region of Los Rios, Chile.
The study concludes the new park can be managed under public-private partnership arrangement because of the socio-economic benefits attached to it, particularly tourism.
More important, key stakeholders have reached a formal agreement for collaboration and financing the establishment of the park.
However, the study reveals a missing supportive legal framework for public-private arrangements.
Also, the financial sustainability for the park is not feasible.
These issues need to be addressed for the public-private partnership to function properly.
An important lesson drawn from the study is that there is no fixed model for stakeholders’ participation in co-management arrangements.
Instead, various options are possible depending on specific contexts.
It appears then that the best way to practice co-management is ‘learning by doing’ and improving along the way.
The suggested approach is to start the process steps by steps and improving co-management as socio-economic and legal situations allow.
Patrick Mwakilili is an Urban and Regional Planner.
He currently works with the Millennium Challenge Account- Tanzania in the Energy Resettlement Project.
He has previously worked for 8 years as a Town Planner in Local Government Authorities in the fields of settlement planning, land use planning and participatory community development programmes.