“WE INVITE YOU TO SEE THE CITY WITH DIFFERENT EYES:” FIRST SUSTAINABILITY FORUM IN LLANQUIHUE, CHILE
(1) Coipo, Myocastor coypus (2016) © Fundación Legado Chile
With the First Sustainability Forum in Llanquihue, November 8-10, 2016, the Foundation (www.legadochile.cl) focuses attention on the topic of integrating urban development with the extraordinary urban water network of Llanquihue. This is an excellent opportunity to improve the city, if development can be considered from a socio-ecological perspective oriented towards sustainability. This can bring benefits such as increasing green areas, improving urban landscape, increasing land value and regulating floods.
The city of Llanquihue is located in a dazzling natural context: in front of Lake Llanquihue and on both banks of the Maullin River. In addition to its extraordinary location, the city is immersed in a diverse and valuable water system, composed of lagoons, estuaries, and wetlands. Within the urban area, it is still possible to see a diversity of life forms, including a wide selection of birds and other aquatic animals such as coypu (Myocastor coypus). However, today the city is undergoing profound transformations, which are bringing into conflict different aspects of its natural systems and ecological functioning.
In this context, posing the challenge of the city’s sustainability is a task to which all of us need to be committed from civil society, to neighborhood organizations, the educational community, and the local government. Under the slogan, “We invite you to see the City with Different Eyes,” the Forum (November 8-10) is proposed as the first citizen event for conservation of nature and urban sustainability in the city of Llanquihue. The Forum will bring together various actors to dialogue about issues associated with the city, nature, heritage elements and ways in which these aspects can be integrated. The Forum will cover three areas of action during its three days: (1) territorial planning and local governance, (2) educational establishments and education and (3) community participation and empowerment.
(1) Territorial planning and local governance: This topic will be developed in the workshop “Green Infrastructure for the Planning and Development of Regional Cities,” led by the Master’s Program in Landscape Architecture of the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile. The workshop brings together territorial planners, non-governmental organizations, neighborhood representatives, regional institutions, municipalities and municipal officials of Llanquihue. The Workshop lasts two days with four sessions:
November 8: Session 1· Ecology of Cities with marine biologist Alejandro Buschmann, ecologist Elizabeth Cook, landscape architect Osvaldo Moreno, and ornithologist Raffaele Di Biase (9:30 AM, Civic Center of Llanquihue)/Session 2·Landscape Recognition (2:00-5:00 PM, Gimnástico Alemán of Llanquihue)
November 9: Session 3 ·Defining Potentialities and Threats (9:00 AM -1:00 PM Gimnástico Alemán of Llanquihue) /Session 4 ·Defining Strategies, Projects and a Masterplan (2:00–5:00 PM., Gimnástico Alemán de Llanquihue)
Educational establishments and education: Work will be carried out with the municipal educational establishments of Llanquihue through two activities. First, the competition “Revealing the Natural Treasures of the City of Llanquihue,” open for all the municipal school communities will have students design a poster that represents their vision of nature in the city of Llanquihue. Also, over 4 sessions, the students in 7th and 8th grades of the municipal establishments of Llanquihue will be part of the “Eco leaders in the air” program, which aims to identify the main environmental problems present in the Llanquihue community, define their causes, and then based on research carried out, design a 10-minute “informative report” to be broadcast on community radio.
(3) Participation and community empowerment: We will hold two community meetings called “Ideas for the Future” that bring together the community on November 8 and 9 at 6:00 PM in the Civic Center of Llanquihue. In addition, on November 10 at 11:00 AM, there will be a tour of the city in which points of the urban ecosystem identified in the community meetings will be highlighted as those of greatest interest. Both activities are oriented to getting to know the natural and cultural reality of the urban ecosystem of Llanquihue and its wetlands based on the stories and experiences of the local inhabitants. Throughout the week at 4:30 PM. the radio program “Thinking as a Mountain” will be broadcast, revealing the natural and cultural treasures of the city. This will also serve as a forum for dissemination and communication about the Forum’s events.
We need your participation to make this forum a relevant citizen event.
Participate, join us, and let’s work together!
The Fundación Legado Chile (www.legadochile.cl) creates, manages, and integrates conservation initiatives around cultural heritage topics that contribute to the country’s sustainable development. The Foundation firmly upholds the idea that Chile has the potential to be a territory where nature thrives integrated with a society that understands, values and supports it.