Latin American Conference on Compatible Mining: Protecting Vulnerable Populations and the Surrounding Environment

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September 8th-10th, 2014


San Luis Potosí, México

Centro Cultural Universitario Bicentenario
Universidad Autónoma de San Luis Potosí
Sierra Leona No. 550, Lomas 2ª Secc, 78210
San Luis Potosí, México


The main aim of this multi-stakeholder conference is to assemble an international group of experts, government officials, non-governmental organizations, and community and industry leaders to discuss how to implement compatible mining appropriate to the needs and perspectives of vulnerable populations and the surrounding environment. The three-day conference will bring professionals from the USA and Latin America together to create the proposed international working group.

The conference is envisioned as the first in a series of three annual meetings in Latin America to establish, organize and sustain a Latin-American working group for compatible mining. The proposed conference outcome is a long-term vision for a permanent regional hub supporting sustainable mining. The hub will become a model that can be replicated around the world.


The conference proceedings will be spoken in English and Spanish (via on-site translators).


If you were invited by the conference organizers, you do not need to register.

If you were not invited directly, please click here to register and pay. You will also need to provide your own travel and accommodations; click here for more information. Registration will remain open until September 2, 2014.

If you have questions about whether you need to register or not, please contact Karla Nuñez at 520-626-8014 or

Draft Agenda:

September 7, 2014, evening: Welcome Reception

Day 1 – September 8, 2014:

Session 1: Plenary

Fernando Diaz Barriga (Universidad Autónoma de San Luis Potosí, Mexico) – Compatible Mining, is there a need for a new concept?
Mary Poulton (University of Arizona, USA) – Social License for Mining as a Necessary Part of the Business Plan

Session 2: Health Impacts of Mining

Agnes Soares (PAHO, Washington DC, Environmental Section Head)
Maria de Lourdes Soto (Universidad Autónoma de Guerrero, Mexico ) Health assessment of vulnerable groups living in mining regions.
Guillermo Espinosa (Universidad Autónoma de San Luis Potosí, Mexico) – Effects of mining activity on biota
Diego González Machín (OPS/OMS-México). How to generate an information network on mining and health in Latin America


Session 3: Remediation I – Academic Perspectives

Raina Maier (University of Arizona, USA) – Phytoremediation
Bernhard Dold (Universidad de Chile, Chile) – Designing tailings for future mineral recovery
Marcos Monroy (Centro de Estudios, Servicios y Consultorías Ambientales, S.A. de C.V.) – Mitigating environmental and health impacts from mining in Mexico

Session 4: Remediation II – Industry Perspectives

Victor del Castillo (Grupo Mexico)
Kent Johnejack (Golder Associates, USA)
Jorge Ospina and  Sergio Petro (Cerro Matoso Company (BHP Billiton), Colombia  Environmental Management in Cerro Matoso)

Dinner: Heather Henry (Health Science Administrator, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, USA) – The Importance of Health, Ecological, and Global Communities in Socially Responsible Mining

Day 2 – September 9, 2014:

Session 5: Voices of the People

Irrael Manuel Aguilar (Governor and Cacique Mayor of Alto San Jorge, Indigena ZENU Native Group, Colombia)
Speaker from Huicholes Indigenous Community, Mexico
Dr. Cesar Bedoya (Pontifical Catholic University of Peru, Peru) – Mining and Indigenous Peoples
Karletta Chief (University of Arizona, USA) – Tribal Educational Modules on Mining

Session 6: Lessons Learned

Mercedes Meza (Instituto Tecnológico de Sonora, Mexico) – Arsenic outreach to Yaqui Indians
Volney de M Camara (Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – Epidemiology of Mercury Exposure from Artisanal Mining
Maria Isabella Lazaro (Universidad Autónoma de San Luis Potosí, Mexico) – Consortium: Mining Industry, Academia and Government


Session 7: Government Perspectives

Susan Garcia (Ministry of Health, Argentina) – Perspectives on Mining in Argentina
Adriana Estrada (Ministry of Health, Colombia) – Perspectives on Mining and Health in Colombia
Speaker from Environmental Control Agency (SEMARNAT, Mexico)

Session 8: Developing a Regional Mining Hub

Fernando Díaz-Barriga (Universidad Autónoma de San Luis Potosí, Mexico) – Need and Concept for Hub
Jim Field (University of Arizona, USA) – Vision for Hub


Day 3 – September 10, 2014:

Session 9: Industry Perspectives

Marcello Veiga (University of British Columbia, Canada) – Artisanal Mining
Carmen Cuba (Hochschild Mining, Peru)
Javier Diez De Medina (Minera San Cristóbal S.A., Bolivia)
Gustavo Cabrera (Gold-Corp, Central and South America)

Session 10: Round Table Discussion

Planning for Latin America Hub: What are components and themes for Hub?


Session 11: Break-out Groups

Break into subgroups according to components and themes.
Report Back to entire group

Session 12: Planning for the Future

Develop consensus on how to plan for regional mining Hub
Inventory of needs
Important components that need to be developed
Planning for next meeting

[Adjourn and Departure]

[Optional Dinner]


Hotel Real Inn San Luis Potosi
Carretera Guadalajara 1100
Rinconada de los Andes, 78216
San Luis Potosi, SLP, Mexico
Tel +52 444 102 5000



Temperatures are typically in the 70s in September, but conference rooms may be cold - we suggest dressing in layers. Click here for weather information.

For more information:

Conference Organizers:
Dr. Jim Field
University of Arizona, USA
Telephone: (1-520) 621-2591
Dr. Fernando Díaz-Barriga
Universidad Autónoma de San Luis Potosí, México
Telephone: (52-444) 826-2300 x8458
Financial/Administrative Questions:
Karla Nuñez, Business/Finance Manager
University of Arizona, USA
Telephone: (1-520) 626-8014

Thank you to our sponsors:

National Institutes of Environmental Health Sciences / Universidad Autónoma de San Luis Potosí / University of Arizona Superfund Research Program / Lowell Institute for Mineral Resources / Center for Environmentally Sustainable Mining

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