The department of Ancash is located in the central and western part of Peru and borders the Pacific Ocean. Áncash has an almost unique geographical complexity and uniqueness in the world: it has 26 of the 34 existing climates, 83% of the world’s ecosystems and a great contrast between the Cordillera Negra – with water deficiencies – and the Cordillera Blanca, with over 260 lagoons and 42 rivers. The main economic activity of the department is mining and services provision (tourism).

Almost 60% of the territory in Ancash has been allocated for mining operations. The CISAL program works in two areas of Ancash: the first in the Municipal Commonwealth of Valle de Fortaleza and Santa (MANFORS). The Commonwealth brings together 2 provincial municipalities, 9 district ones, and 16 rural communities. It is in the direct area of influence of Antamina (surface copper and molybdenum), as the trace of its mining pipeline of 302 km crosses several towns. The second area of work of the program is located in the middle basin of the Santa River, which covers the municipalities of Independencia, Jangas and Taricá, an area of direct influence of Minera Barrick (gold), which has entered into closure plan since 2013, becoming the first major mining that completes its closure plan in Peru.


Municipalities with which CISAL works:




Municipal Commonwealth of Valle de Fortaleza and Santa (MANFORS)

“Development is growth with justice and equity. In Peru, there was economic growth but not development”

Corpus Urbano Castillo, President of the Agrarian Peasant League in Ancash

Desarrollo es el crecimiento con justicia y equidad. En el Perú se podría decir que hubo un desarrollo económico para los gobiernos locales o para las municipalidades, pero no para las comunidades campesinas. Ahí ha faltado camino.”

Urbano Corpus Castillo, Presidente de la Liga Agraria Campesina en Áncash