CHILE: Samuel Franke Campa�a, Corporaci�n Nacional
Forestal, described the geography, topography and climate of
Chile, where 50% of the country is prone to desertification.
Desertification is caused by over-grazing, mining, farming,
logging, forest fires and severe water erosion. Recently Chile
signed an agreement with UNEP to formulate a national
anti-desertification plan. It is important to find coordination
mechanisms embracing the public and private sectors, including:
laws that are not over-stringent or over-indulgent; environmental
education; and coordination among various institutions.