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Sustainable and Inclusive Communities in Latin America (CISAL)

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Strengthening local governments working with the mining sector

Local governments in Latin American countries all too often benefit only marginally from the wealth created by mining activity. However, they are on the front lines in trying to address the social, economic and environmental challenges resulting from extractive activities.

Many communities in Canada have lived through the impacts of resource development. Over the years, they have learned to play a constructive role in mitigating the consequences of this type of economic development, while leading an environmentally sustainable diversification process that secures the long-term well-being of their community.

Through our Sustainable and Inclusive Communities in Latin America program (CISAL), FCM will mobilize Canadian municipal experts from resource communities to work with their counterparts in Colombia and Peru. Together, they will find innovative solutions to help local governments build more sustainable and inclusive communities in areas where mining activity is taking place.  

CISAL's focus

  • Local governments: supporting them as they work to deliver services effectively, manage finances responsibly and build mechanisms to support long-term local economic development;
  • Communities:  helping them have a stronger voice in planning and decision making, and improved access to economic opportunities, particularly for women and youth;
  • Mining companies, national governments, local government associations, non-governmental associations and regional networks: collaborating and sharing best practices while strengthening relations between communities and the mining sector.

Who's involved

Sustainable and Inclusive Communities in Latin America (CISAL) is a five-year, $20 million program that will run until 2019. It is funded by the Global Affairs Canada and implemented by FCM. In addition to mobilizing Canadian expertise, CISAL will draw from local government experiences in Colombia and Peru as well other parts of Latin America, such as Chile and Mexico, to foster learning and collaboration between regions and sectors.

This information is also available in Spanish.


Page Updated: 01/06/2018