BHP & Escondida Reach Environmental Pact for Salar de Punta Negra
Escondida the State Defense Council Peine and the Council of Atacamanian Peoples have reached an environmental agreement regarding the Salar de Punta
Escondida the State Defense Council Peine and the Council of Atacamanian Peoples have reached an environmental agreement regarding the Salar de Punta Negra The agreement considers an environmental management plan, as well as a series of compensation and repair measures. A participatory governance is considered for its implementation, made up of representatives of public and private organizations as well as communities, who will work together for the sustainability of Salar de Punta Negra. With a conciliation agreement to benefit the environmental sustainability of the Salar de Punta Negra, the dialogue process concluded between representatives of the State Defense Council, the Peine Atacamanian Indigenous Community, The Council of Atacamanian Peoples and Escondida | BHP, where the First Environmental Court acted as a friendly arbitrator.
The measures that will be part of the plan were defined based on the conciliation terms presented by the First Environmental Court, which were complemented with additional actions, to be subsequently agreed upon by all the parties involved.
The agreement contemplates the realization of a series of territorial diagnoses and technical studies that will contribute to generate an Environmental Management Plan which will guide the implementation of various compensation and repair actions with a long-term view.
A key element of the agreement is that decision-making and execution of the plan will be led by a social-environmental governance made up of State representatives, the Peine Atacamanian Community, the Council of Atacamanian Peoples and Escondida | BHP. In addition, participatory decision-making mechanisms and instances of dissemination, environmental education and transparency were established.
Currently, Escondida supplies itself 100% with desalinated water for operational purposes.