Corporación Fiscalía del Medio Ambiente (FIMA)

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Public Statement 2015

Title Strengthening communities for the defense of their rights in the context of mining in the region of Antofagasta
Type of organization Non-governmental organization
Country Chile
Duration  18 months 
IAF funding   $147,203
Counterpart committed $37,470
Number of direct &
indirect beneficiaries
60 direct; 10,000 indirect
Primary program area Education/training


Organizational background
Corporación Fiscalía del Medio Ambiente (FIMA) is a non-governmental organization established in 2006 with the objective of promoting the rights of communities for a healthy environment. Work has focused on strengthening vulnerable communities through their right to access information, increasing citizen participation and environmental justice. FIMA is governed by a six-member board of directors who work with a seven-member team to implement activities in three areas: legal and judicial services, research, and community outreach (capacity-building). 

FIMA has trained diverse communities in various regions of the country (urban, rural and indigenous) and has supported litigation to advance environmental justice for communities. FIMA’s training has focused on legislation related to water use and citizen participation. 

Project objective
To help inhabitants of the communities of San Pedro de Atacama, Toconao and Sequitor, in the region of Antofagasta, jointly resolve issues affecting their livelihoods through increased knowledge of existent legislation, advocacy and laying the groundwork for collective actions

Description
Corporación Fiscalía del Medio Ambiente (FIMA) will provide training and legal assistance to the communities of San Pedro de Atacama, Toconao and Sequitor, in the region of Antafogasta, Chile, to improve community members’ leadership skills, their ability to access information about key environmental issues affecting their livelihoods and their use of information to advocate for more effective regulation and an improved public consultation 

process. Approximately 60 people will benefit directly, and 10,000 residents of these
communities will benefit indirectly.

Rationale for funding
This project will be an opportunity for the IAF to better understand the dynamics between the extractive industry and the communities that surround them.

Learning opportunity
The hypothesis is that by creating a neutral space where participants representing different, and at times conflictive, interests can come together and solve a problem, local organizations will be strengthened and there will be the possibility of laying the groundwork for collective actions in the future.