From 1th to 4th of November 2022, staff of the Colombian Cerrejón mine (belonging to the multinational Glencore, “one of the world’s largest diversified natural resource companies”, received field training in Peñalén on the techniques developed in the framework of the LIFE RIBERMINE project. During this training (see, the Cerrejón staff was very satisfied with the geomorphological restoration techniques applied in LIFE RIBERMINE.

Therefore, after informing the company, they decided to organise a specific training course on the GeoFluv method and the Natural Regrade software in Colombia. This course took place on 16 and 17 May 2023 at the Hotel Waya (Albania, La Guajira, Colombia), very close to the Cerrejón mine and offices. Since the PRODECO Group, which operates coal mines in the Department of El Cesar, also belonging to the Glencore Group, also has to undertake mine closures, Glencore offered the possibility of training also to two specialists.

Training course on GeoFluv method and Natural Regrade software, in Colombia

The course was guided by José Francisco Martín and María Tejedor, both members of the LIFE RIBERMINE team (partner Universidad Complutense de Madrid).
Cerrejón is the largest mine in South America. It belongs to the multinational Glencore, one of the world’s leading mining companies, based in Switzerland. In turn, PRODECO will extend this methodology to the region of El Cesar (Colombia). It is therefore difficult to imagine a greater significance of the transfer of the LIFE RIBERMINE project at a global level.