Following the crisis in western Antioquia, there was an atmosphere of mistrust among local governments, the mining company, and the communities. With CISAL, actions were taken to promote a process of institutional strengthening and a culture of participatory planning.
The Regional Coordination Table of Western Antioquia was established as a space for coordination between local governments, private companies, the regional government, and public institutions to find solutions to regional problems. The dialogue with Continental Gold has led to investment projects promoting value chains such as coffee and sugarcane, investment in human development, and job creation in the region.
A study tour was organized to Red Lake, Ontario to showcase a model of dialogue between a municipality and a mining company. The tour transformed the perception of local mayors about how mining can contribute to sustainable development of the region and about the benefits of institutional coordination, public participation, and inclusive community development.
In another effort, a participatory planning process was carried out, involving representatives of the community, civil society, academia, private sector and pulic institutions. The resulting Local Economic Development (LED) plans serve as a strategic tool for long-term development and have even become a 10-year public policy in the municipalities of Buritica, Cañasgordas, Frontino and Santa Fe de Antioquia.
Additional Multi-Actor Tables were established to enhance coordination and dialogue between local and departmental institutions. One of the achievements of these Tables was the transformation of conflicts related to informal mining, where in Santa Fe de Antioquia a program was created to train and certify informal miners.