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PUBLIC POLICY DEVELOPMENT
One of CORMA's goals is defending the forestry sector's interests at an executive, legislative and regulatory level.  To do so, it organizes roundtables and working committees for preparation of proposal and observation on draft laws, it also holds meetings with local and national authorities. Within this framework, CORMA has worked primarily developing public policies on the following topics:

Forestry Development


One of CORMA 's main concerns has been promoting renewal of Decree Law 701 on Forestry Development, which encourages afforestation, and has been the cornerstone for creating  private forest resources in the country. Until 2013, it aimed to small owner; from 2014 on,  there have been no incentives for afforestation.
Currently, this procedure is on hold in the Senate, due to over 500 observations made by the Agricultural and Environment and National Assets commissions. The sending of a proposed extension of the DL 701 is expected.

Native Forest

Another legislative issue of priority in the last years has been monitoring the implementation of Law 20,283 on Native Forest Recovery and Forestry Development, promulgated in 2008. This law seeks to develop sustainable management of native species, promoting both economic utilization and future sustainability.

The contribution of what native forest management can do to create new jobs- specially rural- and mitigating climate change is essential to CORMA (1).

Road, rail and port infrastructure development

CORMA has outlined many times that road, rail and port infrastructure improvement is an obvious opportunity to improve competitiveness for the Chilean forestry sector against other countries. Consequently, it has worked with the authorities promoting the development of policies and regulations that will improve the industry and the country transport conditions. In order to do so, CORMA has organized meetings with the Agriculture, Transport and Communication, Economy, and Public Works Ministries, with the Public Enterprise System, and State Railways to discuss CORMA's approach.

Forest Fires

CORMA has addressed this issue to the executive and legislative authorities on different occasions. In 2004, CORMA considered the public spending on preventing and fighting fires was insufficient, so it underscored the urgency to elaborate a law on forest fires. CORMA has also outlined the need to set up new legislations that will consider forest fires in a comprehensive manner, including prevention and disaster management, use and regulations of fire, and acknowledging that forest fire protection is every owner's responsibility.


(1). CORMA 2009/2010 Annual Report p. 27