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Ministry of the Environment

This ministry is responsible for working with the President of Chile on the design and application of policies, plans and programs related to the environment, and the protection and conservation of biological diversity and natural resources (renewable resources and water). It promotes sustainable development as well as the integrity of environmental policy and related regulations.

Carolina Schmidt


Ms Schmidt holds a business administration degree from Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile.

She served as SERNAM (National Women's Service) Minister and Education Minister during the first government of Sebastián Piñera. As Sernam Minister, she introduced 6-month post-natal maternity leave, the femicide law and the shared parenting law. As Education Minister, Ms Schmidt accelerated the constitutional reform that created universal and free access to preschool education for children from age 2, and established kindergarten as mandatory.

She has served as a director and CEO of various companies. Prior to her appointment as minister, she was the General Media Manager for the Copesa group, and director of the Santiago Municipal Theater, advisor at the Center for Public Policy of the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile and advisor to Comunidad Mujer, a nonprofit that addresses leadership, training and mentoring for women.

Javier Naranjo

Environment Undersecretary

Mr. Naranjo has a degree in law from Universidad Andrés Bello and a master’s in regulatory law from Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. He has vast experience in administrative and environmental law. Since 2018, he has served as head of the Legal Division at the Environmental Assessment Service, where he was also head of the Litigation and Appeals Department (2014-2017). During President Piñera’s first term he was Head of the Legal Department of the Interior Ministry in the Aysén region (2011 – 2014).

Previously, he was an associate attorney at the Jara del Favero law firm, where he practiced administrative, environmental and natural resource law.


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