Chile promotes mining projects to have broad and sustained support from the community through inclusive collaborative processes for social, economic and institutional development of the communities where projects take place.
There are 3 regulations for participation and integration of the community in mining projects:
1. Agreement 169 ILO
From September 15th, 2009 the Agreement N° 169 on Indigenous and Tribal Peoples in Independent Countries is part of the Chilean Law.
2. Supreme Decree 66
This regulation is intended to give exercises to the right of consultation to indigenous peoples, from Agreement N° 169 of the International Labor Organization. Consultation is the duty of the State Administration bodies and a right of indigenous peoples who are susceptible to be directly affected by the adoption of legal or administrative measures.
All procedures, minimum steps, timelines and identification of the parties involved that must be included in any consultation process is highlighted in this regulation.
3. Supreme Decree N° 40 of the Ministry of Environment. Assessment of Environmental Impact System.
This regulation clarifies fundamental issues such as the technical criteria for an investment project to enter through declaration or environmental impact study.
This bylaw establishes 2 types of public participation: citizen participation in general and participation of the indigenous peoples, specifically for processes of environmental impact assessment such as Environmental Impact Studies and Environmental Impact Statements, also establishing distinctions between the two of them.
- Chilean Mining is committed with starting a decisive, but gradual change towards a different form of relationship and commitment that seeks to generate shared values and collective impact.
- Participation and dialogue in Mining are instruments to build alliances, peaceful coexistence, equity, justice, empowerment, social capital, sustainable development and shared values.