City of Wetlands

Green Infrastructure Plan (GIP)

The Green Infrastructure Plan (GIP) aims at the creation and consolidation of an interconnected system of urban green spaces based on the wetlands network, public spaces and other green open components of the local landscape. It also seeks to complement existing city planning instruments and contribute with new ones promoting an integrated management of landscape, conservation and public space. For Llanquihue it means the reactivation of structuring landscape units that make up the natural and cultural heritage of the city. These units are located within the urban perimeter therefore they are key towards the conservation of urban ecosystems while improving the quality of life of its inhabitants, especially through wetlands restoration and adequate water use and protection. Some key benefits for the human population are the availability of biodiversity and wildlife, improved air quality, provision of clean water, recreation, natural disaster protection, mitigation of heat island effects and scenic beauty. This project seeks to provide 790,000 m2 of urban green areas, 48 m2 per inhabitant.

It will allow Llanquihue to become the city in Chile with the highest index of green areas per inhabitant. *16,337 inhabitants (2002 census) The Llanquihue GIP addresses three strategic objectives: restore, populate and connect. In the first instance, it seeks to restore the ecology on the edge of urban ecosystems, key to enhance its value while becoming part of the city. In addition, the projects that trigger the Plan seek to populate these spaces, inserting social programs within the initiatives of restoration and rehabilitation of urban ecosystems, promoting a sustainable appropriation by the community. Finally, it is expected that by connecting the diverse urban ecosystems through a continuous network of public spaces, corridors and other routes, the various units of the Plan will become integrated socially and ecologically. To achieve this objective, the Plan proposes the activation of structuring landscape units – made up of wetland ecosystems and hydric corridors, organized according to project stages into 3 categories: Stripes, Nodes and Areas.