Mining Regions and Cities in the Region of Antofagasta, Chile
Towards a Regional Mining Strategy
Antofagasta is a world leader in copper and lithium production, with strategic importance
for the global energy transition and for the economic development of Chile. Located
in north Chile, Antofagasta is carved by the natural contours of the Atacama Desert
and home to diverse Indigenous communities. Despite the wealth brought by mining,
communities in Antofagasta lag on a number of well-being dimensions. At the same time,
Antofagasta’s mining industry is entering a new phase of development, driven by the
expected surge in global demand for its minerals and the imperative to adapt to the
green and digital transitions.
Against this backdrop, a new development vision with a long-term strategy is warranted
in the region to leverage mining benefits to improve well-being standards and take
advantage of the opportunities brought by the digital and green transition in mining.
This study presents the diagnosis, rationale and building blocks for a new mining
strategy in the region of Antofagasta, Chile that prioritises well-being standards
and opportunities for local communities. This medium and long-term strategy aims to
create a new pact amongst different societal stakeholders to build trust and unite
efforts for more inclusive and sustainable growth in the region.