Mine Reactivation: Pre-Consultation Progress

During the second pre-consultation meeting in Guatemala, the team and the proposed methodology to conduct the Cultural and Spiritual Impact Study of the "Escobal" mining right in the Xinka People was accepted.

Wednesday, June 23, 2021

As a result of a protective action filed by the environmental organization Calas, the Constitutional Court (CC) ordered in September 2018, to carry out through the Ministry of Energy and Mines (MEM), a community consultation in the area of operations of the mine, in El Escobal, in the municipality of San Rafael Las Flores, department of Santa Rosa.

More than two years later, the MEM summoned the institutions involved to initiate the pre-consultation process.

From the MEM statement:

June 21, 2021. Following up on the agreements reached on May 21, 2021, the second pre-consultation meeting with the Xinka People was held, with the participation of the team that will be in charge of conducting the Cultural and Spiritual Impact Study of the Escobal mining project on the Xinka People, as well as the institutions that, in accordance with the judgment dated September 3, 2018 issued within the 4785-2017 file, must present information to the communities in the pre-consultation and consultation process.

The activity took place at the headquarters of the Parliament of the Xinka People of Guatemala, located at kilometer 57.5 road to El Salvador, San Juan de Arana village, municipality of Cuilapa, department of Santa Rosa.

The team in charge of carrying out the Cultural and Spiritual Impact Study of the Escobal mining right on the Xinka People, began the day with a presentation of its work plan, methodology and professional team in charge of the study. After the presentation, the authorities of the Xinka People's Parliament made observations and requested corrections, which should be incorporated into the plan for final approval.

The institutions participating in this pre-consultation process submitted, in general terms, the list of contents that will be transferred to the Xinka People, as well as the recommendation of the professional profiles of the advisors that could support in the analysis and interpretation of this information.

Finally, the Ministry of Energy and Mines presented the methodological proposal to be used to comply with the objectives of the pre-consultation process and thus move on to the next stage.

The main agreements of the meeting were as follows:

  • The team and methodology proposed to carry out the Cultural and Spiritual Impact Study of the "Escobal" mining right in the Xinka People is accepted, with some adjustments and complements in the work plan.
  • The Parliament of the Xinka People of Guatemala requested that the information presented be provided in writing.
  • The Xinka People's Parliament will make recommendations or a counter-proposal to the MEM consultation methodology proposal, for which it can count on the support of the MEM team.
  • The Xinka People's Parliament of Guatemala will present its proposal of advisors, according to the written information that will be provided to them.
  • The next meeting will be held on July 17, 2021.



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