The LIFE RIBERMINE project is coordinated by the “Dirección General de Transición Energética” which belongs to the “Consejería de Desarrollo Sostenible del Gobierno de Castilla-La Mancha” (Minas-JCCM) (https://mineriaclm.castillalamancha.es/) and includes staff from two bodies: mining and protected areas.
The first branch is the Regional Administration which has competences on energy transition, including the mining area. Its main functions are: 1) Planning, development and management of the mining activities, security and mining policies, mineral and thermal waters; 2) Development and monitoring of proposals and programs to support the mining sector, rationalization of the mineral resources uses and research of alternatives to restructuring and revitalize the mining sector in Castilla-La Mancha.
This institution has developed the guide “Strategic Plan for Non-Energy Mineral Resources of Castilla-La Mancha”, that includes the strategic action lines for an adequate mining policy: a) Social and environmental integration of the mining sector; b) Updating and improving the management of the public services related to mining; c) Development of the mining activity, innovation and competitiveness.
The second administrative branch, the “Parque Natural del Alto Tajo” (ALTO TAJO – SAC ES4240016 and SPA ES0000092), is subordinate to the Department of Sustainable development of the JCCM. It has the commitment of preserving and protecting an area of 105.721 ha, within the ATNP Protection Buffer Zone (both areas included in the nature 2000 network), where mining activities have been taking place since 1965.
The ATNP has carried out the following activities related to the projet RIBERMINE: i) Since 2007, it has been working to achieve sustainable mining practices in the ATNP vicinity, in collaboration with other Associated Beneficiaries (AB); ii) Since 2011, it has collaborated, authorizing and providing workers, resources and equipment for the installation and maintenance of a network to study the suspended sediment concentration in the Tagus river basin; iii) Promoting mine restoration within its decision-making and budget capacity.