Environmental and Social Affairs Office

Vanessa Coronado Mena

Vanessa Coronado Mena

Head of the Environmental and Social Affairs Office

She studied Government and International Affairs as well as International Cooperation and Management of Development Projects at the Universidad Externado de Colombia. In addition, she has a Specialization in Economics from the Universidad de los Andes and a Master's Degree in International Cooperation and Sustainable Development from the Instituto de Altos Estudios Europeos in Madrid (IAEE). Currently, she is studying to earn a Master's Degree in Mediation, Negotiation and Resolution of Conflicts at the Universidad Carlos III of Madrid.

With over ten years of experience in the field of inter-institutional relations within both the private and public sectors, at the national and local level, she has been involved in matters concerning productive and communitarian development, the implementation of environmental preservation strategies, supporting the formulation of public policies and the strategic design of projects and investments. Her experience also includes the design and implementation of the General System of Royalties. She was linked to national entities such as Social Action, the Ministry of Finances and Public Credit, and Colciencias.

Finally, she has worked for private companies such as Fundación Patrimonio Natural, Fondo para la Biodiversidad y Áreas Protegidas, and the Fundación Panamericana para el Desarrollo (FUPAD) in Colombia.

Duties

  • According to Decree 381 of 2012:

Article 6. Environmental and Social Affairs Office: The duties of the Environmental and Social Affairs Office are:

 

1. Coordinating the interactions of the mining and energy sector with environmental authorities, the Ministry of the Interior, territorial authorities, communities and those responsible for risk management.

2. Participating in the implementation of strategies, plans, programs and projects for risk management within the mining and energy sector.

3. Participating in the implementation of policies for mitigating and adapting to climate change.

4. Coordinating the inclusion of social, environmental and risk management variables in the information systems of the mining and energy sector.

5. Promoting, together with environmental authorities, the Ministry of the Interior, territorial authorities and the mining and energy sector, a set of strategies for the implementation, undertaking and evaluation of Environmental Agendas and human rights initiatives.

6. Participating, together with the environmental authorities responsible, in the formulation of policies for preventing, mitigating and repairing the environmental damage related to mining and energy projects.

7. Coordinating with the Planning and Management Office the participation of the Ministry in the field of international negotiations and promoting the developing of an international cooperation agenda in environmental, social, human rights and risk management affairs concerning the mining and energy sector.

8. Providing opinions on draft legislation, draft decrees and drafts of administrative acts that are proposed by competent authorities in environmental, social and human rights affairs, related to the mining and energy sector.

9. Monitoring and supervising the environmental licensing processes of the mining and energy sector and promoting relevant coordination strategies with the Ministry of the Environment as well as other competent authorities.

10. Participating in the formulation, design and undertaking of strategies for the Rational and Efficient Use of Energy (URE) and the promotion of Non-conventional Sources of Energy.

11. Coordinating, with the support of national or territorial authorities, the solution of environmental issues that emerge during the activities of the mining and energy sector projects.

12. Promoting the development of strategies for improving relations between the mining and energy sector, the State and civil society.

13. Monitoring and supervising the previous consultation processes of the mining and energy sector as well as promoting relevant coordination strategies with the Ministry of the Interior and other competent authorities.

14. Collaborating with competent authorities in order to solve conflicts and formulate strategies for holding a dialogue and reaching agreements with communities during the development of the activities of the mining and energy sector.

15. Promoting events and stages that involve environmental authorities, the Ministry of the Interior, territorial authorities, communities and those responsible for risk management, in order to support the formulation and implementation of environmental, social and risk management policies within the mining and energy sector.

16. Supporting and assisting the activities of the other offices of the Ministry in any matters found within its jurisdiction.

17. Any other assigned duties.