Colombian Coal Miner Cerrejon ink Pact with Indigenous Community
Reuters reported that Colombian coal mine Cerrejon has signed an agreement with a Wayuu indigenous community to comply with court-ordered
Reuters reported that Colombian coal mine Cerrejon has signed an agreement with a Wayuu indigenous community to comply with court-ordered environmental and health requirements. The agreement, which the company said was signed by Cerrejon and the leader of Provincial, includes building a community health center and an environmental rehabilitation program, which will include planting 250,000 trees. The company will implement a court-ordered program to clean community facilities and nearby areas over the next five years and will also provide technical support for measuring air quality. Cerrejon said “The perfecting of this agreement is a result of a consensus by the members of the reservation, with the participation of traditional authorities, the community head, leaders and a full community assembly.”
Colombia's Constitutional Court previously ordered Cerrejon to comply with requirements aimed at protecting health and the environment, while a United Nations Special Rapporteur last year called on the government to suspend some of the mine's operations on the concerns.