Second ¡VAMOS! Stakeholder workshop organised
The second ¡VAMOS! Stakeholder workshop took place in São Domingos, a village located in the south of Portugal, close to the Spanish border, on 21 April 2016. The future of abandoned mines of the Iberian Pyrite Belt was the topic of this workshop, which collected the views and insight of local and regional stakeholders from Portugal and Spain on possible development scenarios linked to the reopening, in the future, of some of the old mines of the region. Dissemination efforts targeted the inhabitants of villages that have a link to mining activities in Andaluzia (Spain) and Alentejo (Portugal). Regional and local authorities (municipalities, local governments) as well as NGOs were individually addressed and invited by email. During the workshop the ¡VAMOS! Project was introduced in detail as a potential solution for low impact mining.
One of the most interesting outcomes of this workshop was the recognition, highlighted by local authorities and acknowledged by all participants, that mining activities are embedded in the history of the Iberian Pyrite Belt, since the Roman period, with cycles of activity and abandonment. The participants of the workshop fully understood that mining obeys to cycles, and recognized that mining in the Iberian Pyrite Belt (in mines now abandoned) will resume sometime in the future. It was acknowledged that the innovative solutions brought forward by ¡VAMOS! have the potential to enable the rational exploitation of scarce mineral resources, with positive economic and social impacts at local, regional and EU level.