What is development? How do communities in mining regions envision their territory in 5 years? What are their main environmental challenges? What are their opportunities? These are some of the questions addressed in the documentaries that follow.
In the last ten years, the high demand for nonrenewable natural resources has fueled a mining expansion throughout the world, especially in Latin America. In fact, Latin American countries represent a high percentage of the production and new investments made. However, countries like Colombia and Peru are facing some challenges to ensure the welfare and development of the communities in mining regions.
In particular, local governments and communities that coexist with mining activities, have very little influence on the development of this type of exploitation. However, citizens and residents of these communities are the ones who receive the economic, political, social and environmental impacts.
Working closely with local governments in mining regions in Latin America through the CISAL program, means working with the public institution closest to communities.
The following exercise was conducted to document, through the testimonies of communities and municipal government officials, the current situation in two regions of Peru and two regions of Colombia. Twelve short-documentaries were made to understand the perspectives, perceptions, dreams and aspirations of the communities in mining regions. Building a dialogue between governments (local, regional and national), communities and mining companies is not an easy task, but this exercise reflects on the importance of this relationship in order to address the challenges mining communities face and how the vision of development from the different stakeholders, should be aligned.
This exercise will also allow by the end of the CISAL program to compare the changes to which the program has contributed and the changes the territory itself has gone through.