Antamina and Huascarán National Park


A Case Study in Mining, Conservation and Sustainable Development


The Antamina project is located near Huascarán National Park (HNP), in the Peruvian Andes. The Park is designated as a United Nations Education, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) World Biosphere Reserve and World Heritage site. A Working Group was formed by the Peruvian Park Authority (INRENA) and is composed of the World Conservation Union (IUCN), and non-government organizations (NGOs), with the goal of monitoring the Antamina project activities, to direct mitigation associated with the construction phase of the project, and support protection of the Park resources. All major mining companies in the area are participating in the working group whose goal has been expanded from simply monitoring the activities of Antamina on the parks central route, to working towards sustainable development within the area of influence of the park. This paper discusses interactions of Huascarán National Park and the Mountain Institute (TMI) with the Antamina project and the development of a formal consensus building entity, the Huascarán Working Group (HWG). This case study represents a model for win-win conflict resolution outcomes that can be applied to other natural resource projects in proximity to protected areas or communities.


Steven D. Botts

Compañía Minera Antamina (CMA)
Vicepresidente de Medio Ambiente, Seguridad y Salud Av. La Floresta 497 – 4to Piso
Urb. Chacarilla del Estanque, San Borja
Telf.: 217-3522
Fax: 217-3520

Frida Caballero

Parque Nacional Huascarán (PNH) Jefa del Parque Huascarán Prolongación Raymondi ,
Interior del Ministerio de Agricultura Huaraz

Telf.: (044) 72-2086 Fax:

Dr. Jorge Recharte

Instituto de Montaña/The Mountain Institute (TMI) Director del Programa Andino
Pasaje Ricardo Palma 100
Urb. Pedregal Alto

Telf.: 044-72-3446
Fax: 044_72-6610

Photo credit: Alberto Cafferata

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