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Present and Future Challenges of Infrastructure Developments on the Coast of Chile

Repetto, FJ and Guthrie, PM (2016) Present and Future Challenges of Infrastructure Developments on the Coast of Chile. In: UNSPECIFIED pp. 696-705..

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Abstract

© ASCE. This research explores how the coast of Chile has been occupied and used by industrial coastal facilities. It seeks to identify the present challenges facing the coastal facilities in Chile, given the past development, and how future facilities can be developed to deliver a more sustainable approach. The Chilean coast presents challenges for the provision of infrastructure, specifically the obstacles of finding areas with shelter and adequate depth. Despite the existence of high-level policies for its use, poor implementation is evidenced. This is confirmed by interviewed experts, who also note the relevance of a proper use of the coast to foster the country's development. A case study on Mejillones Bay, which is considered as best practice in terms of managed area with over 20 coastal facilities, is analysed. Metrics of occupancy in time and space, coastal facilities uses and rates of utilisation are evaluated. Findings reveal high density, redundancy in uses and underutilisation, all confirming that policies only operate at high level and do not influence decisions in practice. Consequently, present challenges are identified and future challenges explored in a business-as-usual trend. The first ones correspond to: finiteness of the coast, multiplicity of interests and demand for new infrastructure. From these, unavailability of coast, a sustainable coastal management and a growing demand of maritime services are discussed as future challenges. Guidelines, based on sustainability principles, are proposed to face these at strategic and operational levels to reorient decision-making and enhance infrastructure deployment. This research set the basis for further analysis by revealing and summing up data and information never covered by previous investigations.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
Subjects: UNSPECIFIED
Divisions: Div D > Sustainable Development
Depositing User: Cron Job
Date Deposited: 17 Jul 2017 19:31
Last Modified: 03 Aug 2017 03:04
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