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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. Space will be limited to 60 participants. Registration will remain open until August 8, 2014.
If you have questions about whether you need to register or not, please contact Karla Nuñez at 520-626-8014 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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?
James Anaya (University of Arizona, USA and UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples) – Mining and Indigenous Rights
Mary Poulton (University of Arizona, USA) – Social License for Mining as a Necessary Part of the Business Plan
Session 2: Health Impacts of Mining
Luis Galvao and 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 Regulatory 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
Seeking speaker from Latin American Government
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]
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:
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
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