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La Puente project

La Holandesa state in 1985, area where the modification was made (IGAC).

New creek, once the construccion was concluded in 2017.
New creek in 2022, five years after the environmental restoration.

In 2017, complying an order from the constitutional court, the advance from the pit to the creek was terminated. Since then, there hasn’t been any mining advances leading to the Bruno riverbed, just as the officials from the national mining agency and the national authority of environmental licenses have been able to prove with their controls of the situation on a regular basis.


In the social part, the consultation process with Campo Herrera, the only community determined by the Ministry of the Interior concluded in 2014. Subsequently, the La Guajira tribunal confirmed that there had to be a consultation process with the communities from La Horqueta (with whom we reached an agreement in 2020), El Rocío (with whom we reached an agreement in 2022), and the communities from Tigrepozo, which consultation is still in process.


In the environmental part, at the new course where water is already flowing, we executed In the environmental part, at the new course where water is already flowing, we executed an ecological engineering process that has turned into a referent for the industry. A couple aspects to highlight are:

  • More than 12.000 trees have been sown around the new riverbed, another 5800 have grown naturally, and more than 17800 trees around the new course belong to 76 native species, some of them in endangerment categories, such as: oak, ebony, guaiacwood, carreto, puy, ollita de mono, among others.
  • Almost 400 fauna species have been identified. Between mammals, birds, reptiles, and fishes. We highlight the sighting of three jaguars, their presence indicates the wellbeing of the ecosystem.
  • We protect the upper Bruno basin with the sown of over 33.500 trees in 235 hectares. This is a part of a compensation plan to protect the upper basin, so it continues being a water recharge area.
  • Since the beginning of the project, we’ve had over 23 campaigns of monitoring fauna, hydrobiology, and flora every trimester during the last five years. These studies allow us to scientifically demonstrate that the creek is on good conditions, and it maintains the same characteristics as other creeks in the zone.

Keys to understand why #TheBrunoIsVeryAlive

  • The Bruno creek is a seasonal type of creek, which means that it annually registers a humid period in May and from October to December, and eight months of drought from January to April, and June to September.
  • Cerrejon doesn’t capture Bruno creek water for their mining activities.
  • Water quality maintains and, with a normal process, it can be used for human consumption.

Bruno creek evolution throughout the different seasons.

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    March 2017

  • Cerrejón

    May 2018

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    June 2019

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    October 2022

  • Cerrejón

     August 2018

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    July 2020

  • Cerrejón

    August 2021

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    September  2022

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     November 2018

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    October 2019

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    June 2020

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    November 2022

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Get to know the experience of those who have visited the project!

Our project has been visited and socialized with more than 7,000 people, including community members, authorities, NGO members, journalists, opinion leaders, employees, and contractors. Learn about their opinions after visiting it!


German Corzo, environmental leader and researcher at the Humboldt Institute, visited the channel of the Bruno stream.


The recovery of the round of the stream is spectacular were some of the words of Julia Miranda, an environmental expert who visited our operation and the stream bed.

  • What is the current state of the new course of Bruno Creek?

    • Maintains a water flow equal to that of the original channel, identified thanks to the mThe stream is in good condition and maintains the same characteristics as other streams in the area, as evidenced by the 23 monitoring campaigns carried out.
    • Almost 400 species of fauna including mammals, birds, reptiles and fish have been identified. Of all of them, the sighting of three jaguars stands out, whose presence indicates the good state of the ecosystem.
    • It allowed the natural growth of 5,800 trees such as oak, puy, ebony and cart.
    • 235 hectares located at the source of the stream have been protected with the planting of more than 33,500 trees.

  • How have the communities participated in this project?

    The project has been socialized with more than 8,000 people and was consulted with the communities determined by the different entities::

    Campo Herrera

    Consultation ended in 2014.

    In 2022, the follow-up and closing meeting of the prior consultation process carried out with the Campo Herrera community was held with 100% compliance with the agreements, a process that took place within the framework of the environmental procedures for the partial modification of the bed of the Bruno stream. Among the achievements, the extension of the territory, the implementation of an agricultural productive project, the construction of a community nursery and the follow-up through an overseer member of the community stand out.

    La Horqueta

    Consultation completed in 2020.

    It is in the implementation stage, we have made 80% progress in complying with the prior consultation agreements. Among the achievements, the extension of the territory, the delivery of animals, the construction of a traditional bower for cultural activities and the monitoring of the project through a community overseer stand out.

    El Rocío

    Consultation completed in 2022.

    It is in the implementation stage. According to the agreed agreements, 3 types of programs are developed: strengthening of productive projects, cultural strengthening, and community involvement in environmental compensation programs.

    Tigre Pozo

    Consultation in progress

    Among the achievements, the identification of impacts and management measures stand out, and progress is being made in the formulation of preliminary agreements. During 2022, together with 37 families from the communities of Tigre Pozo and El Rocío, we managed to conserve 259 hectares of forests located within the middle and upper basin of the Bruno stream. These restoration processes are framed in the conservation agreements, signed in October 2019, which are part of the Compensation Plan provided for this project.

    • Tigre Pozo


    • El Rocio

    • Prior consultation La Horqueta

    • Campo Herrera

  • Where is Bruno Creek located?

    The stream is located between the limits of Albania and Maicao. Its source is in the upper area of ​​the Serranía del Perijá within the Montes de Oca protected forest reserve and its course runs in a southeast-northwest direction for 22.4 km until it empties into the Ranchería River.

  • What are the characteristics of Bruno Creek?

    • According to data from IDEAM, this stream is of a seasonal type, it annually registers a wet period in the month of May and in the months of October to December, and eight months of drought in the periods from January to April and from June to September. Its flow varies depending on the time of year and the section in which the measurements are made: high, medium or low.
    • Upper basin: it is the place where the stream is born. Because it is the area where there is more precipitation and less evaporation, there is a greater presence of water compared to the lower part and it constitutes the aquifer recharge zone.
    • Middle basin: it is located at the point called La Batea and is used by the communities for recreation, vehicle washing and occasional water collection by residents in whose communities there are temporary restrictions on wells, cisterns or jagüeyes. Given the need to improve the water supply of the stream, in this area, the company implements watershed conservation actions with the participation of the communities.
    • Lower basin: in this part the seasonality of the stream is manifested in a marked way according to the periods of rain and drought. There is no agricultural or fishing activity and there are no human settlements in its vicinity.
  • What do the engineering works for the partial modification of the course of Bruno Creek in the La Puente project consist of?

    The works consisted of moving a 3.6 km section up to 700 meters to the north, replicating the natural physical and biotic conditions in the lower basin of the stream, on properties in the concession area owned by Cerrejón, where there are no settled communities, according to the design approved, making use of the best practices and national and international engineering standards.

  • What studies were carried out for the project development?

    The La Puente project, licensed and executed with the highest social and environmental standards, is supported by rigorous studies carried out by national and international experts and was the subject of exhaustive evaluations in 2016 carried out by the Inter-institutional Working Group ordered by the Administrative Court of La Guajira , which confirmed its viability.

    The works of the La Puente project have been approved since 1998 by the Ministry of the Environment and included in the Environmental Management Plan in force since 2005. Its detailed designs were submitted to the National Authority for Environmental Licenses (ANLA) and were approved in 2014, with the purpose of maintaining current levels of company production, royalties, profits and employment.

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