Dr. Rodolfo Lacy Tamayo, the Subsecretary of Planning and Environmental Policy of Mexico’s Secretariat of the environmental and Natural Resources (Secretaría de Medio Ambiente y Recursos Naturales – SEMARNAT) visited with UA SRP personnel on March 8th, 2017. The visit was arranged by Mr. Jose Lever (Assistant Vice President of Mexico-US Affairs) and hosted by UA SRP and Center for Environmentally Sustainable Mining Director Dr. Raina Maier.
Lacy Tamayo was particularly interested in meeting with the UA SRP team because of their expertise in the application of phytoremediation technologies to stabilize mining waste and to learn about UA SRP efforts to interact with stakeholders ranging from the mining industry, to regulators, policy-makers, and communities. Also attending the meeting were Dr. Jim Field to discuss efforts to develop a Pan-American Hub for Compatible Mining, Dr. Julie Nielson to discuss phytotechnologies, Dr. Monica Ramirez-Andreotta to discuss involvement of citizen science approaches for mining issues, and Denise Moreno Ramirez to discuss train-the-trainer approaches to communicate environmental health science concepts related to mining.
Lacy Tamayo hopes to model activities he heard about from the group to help establish an effort similar to the Center for Environmentally Sustainable Mining in Mexico. After the visit, Maier remarked: “We were honored to meet with Rodolfo Lacy Tamayo. This visit builds on a continuing long-term effort by the UA SRP to develop a strong partnership with Mexico that can address common environmental issues related to mining on both sides of our border”.