THE SOCIAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL ATLAS OF THE METROPOLITAN AREA OF CONCEPCION/CHILE - AN INSTRUMENT FOR MONITORING AND PLANNING OF URBAN DEVELOPMENT
A. Kindler1, G. Azocar2, C. Vega2
1 - Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research, Leipzig, Germany
2 - EULA-Chile, Concepcion, Chile
Since the beginning of the 1990ies Chile has undergone huge transformations, particularly in the areas of economics, politics, culture, and socio-demographics due to the transition from the military dictatorship to the neo-liberal market economy.
example of the metropolitan area of Concepción consisting of the five
townships Concepción, Talcahuano, Penco, Chiguayante, and San Pedro de
The atlas was created for different users like urban and regional planners, sociologists, geographers, urbanists, potential investors and others. It is not only an instrument of scientific analysis and evaluation but also an important tool for monitoring and planning of urban agglomerations towards a sustainable urban development. The information generated will also be useful as a basis for comparison with other urban regions, especially for identifying the same or similar characteristics, common elements, and differences in the development.
It is the first social and environmental atlas for a Chilean agglomeration. The atlas consists of two parts: a text with about 185 pages and a map part with 64 thematic maps published in Spanish and English.
The atlas is a result of the scientific-technological co-operation between the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ, Germany, and the EULA-Chile, the Centre for Environmental Sciences, University of Concepción, Chile. The project was founded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and the Chilean National Commission for Scientific and Technological Research (CONICYT).