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Introduction and General Objective

The development of the Caviahue Ski Center since 2001 has required carrying out a large number of studies, both technical for the infrastructure facilities in the mountain, as well as those specific to Environmental Impact that allowed obtaining the corresponding Environmental License, approving the Management Plan Environmental, and authorize the works with the obligation to present an Annual Performance Report that monitors the works that are carried out, in accordance with Provincial Laws 1875 and 2267.

The implementation of a program that leads to the sustainability of the Integrated Mountain Center (CIM) Caviahue will be the main objective and will be carried out through different actions, managed with social responsibility and an inalienable commitment, for which the following must be done:
Adapt the program to the recommendations of IRAM SECTUR 42300 (Tourist Services in Protected Natural Areas, IRAM SECTUR 42500 (Hiking and Crossing Tourist Services) and IRAM SECTUR 42510 (Mountaineering Tourist Services).

Implement the necessary steps in order to achieve public and private support in the financing of infrastructure and in particular for the construction of trails within the CIM Caviahue concession area to allow enjoying the Park without causing irreversible degradation of the same.

Assume in this stage the commitment that is required to contribute to protecting the natural and cultural heritage, among other responsible actions, implementing an adequate treatment of water and of contaminating liquid and solid waste, in relation to collection, separation and final disposal of the themselves and for their recycling that contribute to the sustainability of the mountain.

Communicate the actions and recommendations both to the resident population and to the visitors to accompany and collaborate with the objective of the program.

Rationale and Justification

The Ski Center is located within the Copahue Provincial Park on the eastern slope of the Copahue volcano with an area of 2,200 hectares of the 28,300 hectares that make up itself according to Provincial Law Decree 191/6.
The Copahue Provincial Park was declared a Protected Natural Area, and attentive to the need to conserve biodiversity, preserving natural and landscape resources, its main species Araucaria Araucana and the high valuation that this means within nature, it is necessary to implement a program of actions in which public and private actors, residents and visitors who enjoy the place participate, and so that in the future future generations can discover it in the best acceptable state of conservation.

Contribute in the Destination to the improvement of environmental quality with the implementation of best management practices, generating the conditions of sustainability that can meet the growing demand that the place manifests from its multiple natural and tourist attractions, incorporating the same as ecological tourism.


COMPAÑÍA DE LOS ANDES SA as an important private actor in the context of local development, assumes the corporate social responsibility of carrying out actions that contribute to caring for the environment, to collaborate in the Caviahue community with good environmental practices and to the sustainability of the Copahue Provincial Park within the concession area.

The scope of the program is permanent and the Quality and Resources restrictions over time require establishing actions that are developed in stages.


Management controls will be carried out periodically by reviewing the data collected during the processes, as well as the measurements that allow evaluating the behavior of the Environmental Footprint.

Direct intervention actions

Implement the mitigation measures established according to the EIA of present and future works within the concession area:

  1. Control of the runoff of the water that comes from the hill, by means of the control of the pipelines already built.

  2. Harmonization of activities with the landscape, through the use of local stones, wood, colors, etc.

  3. Shape the layout of the ski slopes and delimitation by pruning ñire, without practicing ginning.

  4. Identification of araucaria specimens and delimitation of "non-intervention" areas during pruning of tracks.

  5. Erosion control of existing tracks.

  6. Revegetation of the service sector.

  7. Articulation of activities with the Municipality.

  8. Stimulation of community participation in sustainable activities.

  9. Implementation of the PGA and PGR.

  10. Preparation of the evacuation plan for the hill.

  11. Implementation of the evacuation plan for the hill, training and conducting drills.

Implement the management of solid and polluting liquid waste within the concession area:

I. Recovery of oils, lubricants and fuels, conditioning and transfer

II. Battery recovery, conditioning and transfer

III. Collection of plastic bottles, packaging and transfer (*)

IV. Collection of beverage cans, tetra-pack and glass bottles, packaging and transfer

V. Collection of Papers and Cardboards, packaging and transfer

(*) This action will also be carried out in 2 locations in Caviahue Pueblo (School and Shopping Center)

Indirect and participatory actions

Implement recreational activities within the scope of the Ski Center motivational on caring for the environment:

Form groups with roles that lead them to a common goal (for example filling bottles with nylon) and reward in some way the group that fills the most bottles because they optimized actions with that common goal.

Promote the importance of working and achieving goals through cooperative systems and not personal improvement, in the same way as for the care of the environment.

I. In Kindergarten (From 3 to 5 years old): Assemble groups to fill plastic bottles with nylon recovered from various containers.

II. II. In Junior Club (From 6 to 11 years old): Set up groups in the pressing of bottles for their subsequent packaging and transfer to classification plants for recycling.

III. At the Adults and Children School: Assemble groups of parents and children to carry out bagging races in order to fill the same bag for later stowage and transfer to the classification plants for recycling.

Resource management

Electric Energy: optimization through low consumption equipment and consumables (lamps) and LEDs.

Gas: optimization of heating systems through the use of enclosures with DVH (hermetic double glass), install door closers in places with a lot of movement of people such as the confectionery, rental, school, etc.).

Water: ensure maintenance of supply systems in sinks and toilets to avoid losses.



REDUCE (use), REUSE (avoid generating waste) and RECYCLE (as much as possible, everything).


Organic Solid Waste: for use in composting for organic gardens or beds of the CIM.


Establish a separation system to take advantage of and raise awareness about its final disposal (infographics with degradation times, recycling methods, etc.).


Non-Pollutant Liquid Waste: channel into the town's sewage system, avoiding substances or objects that could hinder the drainage system (grease, rags, papers, nylons, etc.)


Separate adequately, in places with restricted access and systems that prevent spills. Dispose of in sites enabled for that purpose. Obtain final disposal certificates.

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