In an unprecedented multi-disciplinary public-private initiative The Nature Conservancy (TNC), the Municipality of Corral, the Regional Government, the Ministry of Public Works, CONAF, Sernatur and Senadis handed over to the authorities a full Master Plan for Universal Accessibility Tourism Infrastructure to be implemented in the Chaihuín Beach, which aims to develop this sector as only one of its kind in the Los Rios Region.
At a ceremony at the Huiro tourist viewpoint in the Valdivian Coastal Reserve, The Nature Conservancy, the Ministry of Public Works and other Government representatives presented the joint work carried out since June and which is part of an agreement signed in April 2015 by all the institutions.
Alfredo Almonacid, Manager of the VCR, a private protected area managed by TNC and supported by BHP Billiton, said that “For TNC this simple ceremony is of enormous relevance, since it is the culmination of the first stage of a coordinated and collaborative effort that aims at implementing an ambitious and complex idea. This is why to finish this stage with a Master Plan is very rewarding and we are filled with expectations for what will come in the future.”
At the same time, Jorge Alvial, Regional Secretary (SEREMI) of the Ministry of Public Works, said that “For us, collaborative work is essential to inclusively plan our work so that it might match the needs of the community not only in the social area but, in this case, also in the economic development of sustainable tourism.” Alvial took the opportunity to thank all the institutions that worked on the development of this Plan for their commitment, in particular the regional MOP Road, Ports and Planning departments that acted as a coordinator in the latest initiative.
The only beach with Universal Access Opens in the Region
One of the Master Plan objectives is to develop a design that will permit to modify the Chaihuín Beach in the Corral district implementing accessible and sustainable tourism which would take into account administrative and financial aspects.
The plan also seeks to implement short-, medium-, and long-term actions to implement infrastructure and equipment works according to the proposed use, such as lookouts, trails, restrooms, lighting, amongst others.
This initiative also seeks to add value to this coastal area of the Region showing the Valdivian Coastal Reserve and the Alerce Costero National Park as biodiversity conservation and tourist-friendly icons.
The work consisted of meetings-workshops and field visits with professionals from different institutions. Furthermore, data analysis and a prior diagnosis that allowed to establish requirements and potential of the sector were also carried out.
The initiative defined a 4-year action plan in an intervention area comprising the Chaihuín Beach, dunes and sectors that are currently part of the Valdivian Coastal Reserve. “In this way, apart from providing access to the various sites, we expect it will be possible to implement a migratory bird viewpoint.
Other parts of the program include the creation of a bathing area with resting and service areas, an educational and productive area for the sale and exhibition of local products, a camping area; a restoration or arboretum area and a sports-recreational area for the use of the inhabitants of the town of Chaihuín.
It also includes the preparation of pedestrian circuits linking this area with other attractive places such as the dunes and the Colmillos trail”, Almonacid said.
Referring to the above, the Regional Secretary (SEREMI) of the Ministry of Public Works said that “During the 4 years of this plan’s duration, each institution must collaborate on various aspects to finalize the plan and progress even further.” In the case of MOP, we also wanted to include road connections to Huiro and future extensions of the coastal road linking Huiro with the beaches in Colun and Hueicolla that will certainly enhance the waterfront as part of the biodiversity conservation plan".
Finally, Alfredo Almonacid praised the interest shown by the Regional Government and the various public services to participate in this ambitious project, “Since it will allow us to have a beach that is managed according to international standards such as the blue flag certification, which guarantees sustainable management with inclusive infrastructure and environmental interpretation contents. This project shall become a model for other beaches located on the waterfront and bordering the Reserve. This will allow us to guarantee a regulated public use that complies with the Reserve’s conservation objectives.”