The Group of Experts on Metallogenesis and Mineral Resources of ASGMI was created in 2018, in compliance with the agreements reached at the Workshop on the Metallogenic Map of Central America and the Caribbean, held that year in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. The initial objective was to develop the aforementioned map under the coordination of Dr. Eduardo Zappettini, who was then the Director of the Institute of Geology and Mineral Resources of the Argentine Geological Mining Service (SEGEMAR), and is currently the President of SEGEMAR itself.
The group was strengthened in 2019 with the addition of new members, and especially by the impact of the theoretical-practical course on Metallogeny and Metallogenic Mapping. This course, organized by SEGEMAR and led by Dr. Martín Gozálvez, the group coordinator, took place in Buenos Aires, Salta, and Jujuy, Argentina, in November 2019. ASGMI supported and sponsored the course by awarding scholarships to professionals from the geological services of ASGMI member countries.
MISSION AND VISSION
The initial mission, as mentioned, was the completion of the Metallogenic Map of Central America and the Caribbean. With the expansion of the group of experts, the mission has been extended to include other objectives, such as updating the metallogenic information that supports the Metallogenic Map of South America, creating a cartography of critical minerals in the region, and promoting capacity building for professionals working in the geological services of ASGMI member countries.
The vision of the group is to become a reference hub for knowledge on mineral resources in Ibero-America, contributing to the valorization of the region’s mining potential through the development and dissemination of fundamental and specialized information in the field.
Since its creation, the members of GEMET have been meeting on a monthly basis.
One of their notable achievements was the publication of the Metallogenic Map of Central America and the Caribbean at a scale of 1:4,000,000 in the year 2020. This publication was carried out under the general coordination of Dr. Eduardo Zappettini, President of SEGEMAR, Argentina.
The map and its corresponding explanatory report were presented to the international scientific and technical community in an ASGMI webinar held on October 20, 2020. It is available on the ASGMI website as well as the websites of the geological services of Argentina, Colombia, Cuba, Mexico, and the United States of America.
In addition, GEMET has supported the General Secretariat of ASGMI in carrying out its tasks as part of the consortia implementing projects funded by the European Union. Specifically, for the AlSiCal Project and the EU-Latin America Partnership on Raw
Materials, GEMET has participated in the following events:
- 1ª Meeting of Politic Dialogues EU-LATAM Critical Raw Materials and Raw Materials Convention (Chile, nov 2022)
- EU Latin America Convention on Raw Materials (nov 2022)
- Metallogeny Map Workshop (Brazil, nov 2022)
- 2ª Meeting of Politic Dialogues EU-LATAM Critical Raw Materials and Raw Material Convention (Buenos Aires, mayo de 2023)
VIRTUAL WORKSHOP ON “CRITICAL AND STRATEGIC MINERALS IN IBERO-AMERICA” – FROM NOVEMBER 9TH TO 10TH, 2021..
The Ibero-American Association of Geological and Mining Services (ASGMI), through its Group of Experts in Metallogeny and Mineral Resources (GEMET), held the seminar “Critical and Strategic Minerals in Ibero-America” on November 9th and 10th, 2021. The main objectives of the seminar were to understand the state of knowledge about critical and strategic mineral resources in Ibero-America and to present case studies carried out by different Geological Services.
The seminar aimed to be a platform for disseminating the type of information available in the Geological Services of Ibero-America and the level of analysis and interpretation. The outcomes of this event will serve as a starting point for the development of a critical minerals map in Ibero-America and to strengthen efforts towards a greater understanding of the potential of critical minerals in Latin America.
This meeting also included the participation of external entities such as the European Commission, the Association of Geological Surveys of Europe (EuroGeoSurveys), and the United States Geological Survey (USGS). Their contributions and suggestions will complement and reinforce the activities carried out by GEMET in this field.
You can download the complete agenda and presentations of the workshop below.
SHORT- AND MEDIUM-TERM OBJECTIVES
The group currently has the following objectives and lines of action:
- Considering that the Subcommission of the Metallogenic Map, as part of the Commission for the Geological Map of the World, the group participates in the development of the Metallogenic Map of the World by integrating the already completed continental maps and incorporating geological and metallogenic information from the seabed. The group will undertake the update of the Metallogenic Map of South America, which is already in progress.
- Conducting an inventory of critical minerals in Ibero-America, focusing on minerals of interest to the region as well as to the rest of the world, and creating a map of critical minerals in South America.
- Supporting the General Secretariat of ASGMI in organizing and promoting the event planned by the AlSiCal project in Latin America.
These objectives represent the group’s short- and medium-term goals and demonstrate their commitment to advancing knowledge and collaboration in the field of metallogeny and mineral resources.
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REPORTS ON ALUMINUM IN IBERO-AMERICA: MINERAL DEPOSITS AND PRODUCTION: