Mine Closure Training in Argentina

CIRDI completed its third mine closure training session in Argentina in early April 2018 with a workshop that focussed on technical and financial aspects of mine closure and stakeholder engagement. The workshop enhanced the capacity of the governments of Argentina and the province of Catamarca to implement modern, global-leading mine closure practices.

Minera Alumbrera, a copper-gold mine in Catamarca, is slated to be the first large metal mine to close in Argentina and both governments are committed to effectively managing the closure’s  social, economic and environmental impacts.

CIRDI’s team included Dr. Rob Stevens, Director of Partnerships and Learning, Dr. Fernando Munõz Carmona, a geologist and stakeholder communications expert, and Mike Nahir, Technical Director and mine closure experts with Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada.

Left to right: Rob Stevens, Director of Partnerships and Learning of CIRDI, Jorge Solá Jais, Provisional President of the Chamber of Senators, in charge of the Provincial Executive Power, Mining Secretary Rodolfo Micone, and Carolina del Valle, National Director of Production, Environment and Community Development of the Ministry of Mining of the Nation.

“We are really pleased to continue supporting Argentina as it moves to implement a modern, leading-practice mine closure policy and to support Catamarca as it manages the first major mine closure in the country,” said Dr. Stevens. “The two governments are excellent partners to work with, and their dedication to engaging with the broader community about mining policies and managing mine closure properly is impressive.”

As part of this training, CIRDI and Catamarca hosted a one-day introduction to mine closure workshop that was open to a wide range of stakeholders including professional bodies, academics, regulators, and mining companies among others. The workshops were hosted by the Secretary of State for Mining in Catamarca and supported by the National Ministry of Energy and Mines, with whom CIRDI has been working since 2016 on the development of a national mine closure policy.

Links to local media coverage in the Spanish language newspaper Elancasti Argentian:

April 14, 2018
“Catamarca está muy bien posicionada”

April 13, 2018
Se realizó la Jornada Técnica de Introducción al Cierre de Minas

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