In 2014 Plan Bonito was the first community to participate in the resettlement process. This community’s Resettlement Action Plan (RAP) was designed for individual resettlement, with compensation taking the form of an exchange of houses and a cash payment for each family living in Plan Bonito.
98 residing families were resettled, these families now enjoy better living conditions, public utility services and access to health facilities.
CI PRODECO S.A, pursuant to Resolutions 0970 and 1525 of 2010 enacted by the then called Ministry of the Environment, Housing and Territorial Development, now the Ministry of the environment and Sustainable Development, is carrying out, together with the mining companies Drummond LTD, CNR I and CNR III, the processes for the Resettlement of the villages of Plan Bonito and El Hatillo in jurisdiction del municipality of El Paso, and the village of Boquerón in jurisdiction of the municipality of La Jagua de Ibirico, in Cesar, according to the performance rules, operational policies and best international practices set forth by the World Bank, the International Financial Corporation and the IDB about involuntary Resettlements, which seek the maintenance or improvement of the living conditions of the populations to be resettled. These are consultation processes that re built, by mutual consent with the communities and the active participation thereof, and the agreements reached in those processes are structured and included in a document called the Resettlement Action Plan (PAR), which defines the procedure and the manner to carry out the Resettlement.
SOME OF THE PRINCIPLES THAT GOVERN THIS PROCESS ARE:
It is a process agreed with the communities, led by the Operator hired by the mining companies that, on its part, develops a methodology that answers the typical dynamics of each community. The population takes part in the planning and execution of the project, through the Consultation Committees.
Parallel to the structuring of the PAR as the central Objective of the Resettlement process, the government ordered the mining companies to implement a “Transition Plan”, the purpose of which is to improve the living conditions of the inhabitants of the aforementioned communities, while the PAR is implemented and executed.
Once the phase of the physical resettlement of the families in the new settlement is totally finalized, the implementation of a Plan for the Reestablishment of Livelihood (PRMV) begins, the components of which include health, education, entrepreneurship and/or generation of income, to ensure the future sustainability of the families the subject of Resettlement.