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Regional cooperation for the sustainable management of mining.

Overall term: 2013 to 2016

Status : Active

Phase : Execution

Sector : Mining

Location : Countries: regional; core countries: Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru

The mining sector plays a prominent role in the economic growth of several Latin American countries. In international markets for mineral resources, countries like Chile and Peru have long been important for the mining of various minerals. In contrast, mining in countries such as Ecuador and Colombia is still in its infancy, but the sector is seen as the driver of growth.

The negative effect of growth in the mining sector is the cost to the economy and to society as a result of resource and social conflicts, as well as high levels of environmental pollution. Although some of the Andean countries face similar challenges, there is little exchange between the countries or the actors involved in mining that would enable them to develop solutions together and to share their experience with tried and tested practices.

Cooperation between the countries in the Andean region helps ensure the economic, social and ecological sustainability of the management and use of mining resources.

The project promotes exchange between actors at regional level, supports the actors in resolving their problems and engages in the sharing of information with interested political partners and public institutions on solutions and on successfully tested best practices. The interaction between the regional actors is supplemented by the experience of German technical cooperation, the German economy and German academia in all parts of the world.

In addition to promoting exchange between the countries in the region and disseminating best practices among them, the cooperation focuses on:

developing stakeholder governance

transferring technology and fostering innovation

providing policy and strategic advice.

The cooperation partner, the Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources (BGR), is active in a separate complementary project, and will focus on the promotion and transfer of clean technologies, on responsible practices and on support for innovation. The thematic areas are intertwined because the objective tapping into the development potential of mining in a sustainable manner can only be achieved through their combination.

The German Chambers of Commerce in the Andean countries also play an important role.

The wide range of challenges allows for the involvement of different actors, for example, ministries, mining companies, mining associations, civil society organisations, institutes and research centres.

The regional executing agency is the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC).

country :Chile

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Publication:Mena Report
Geographic Code:3CHIL
Date:Jun 28, 2014
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