The “Conversation Breakfast: Soil Remediation and Rehabilitation in the Valparaíso Region”, held on Thursday, October 17 at the National Botanical Garden of Viña del Mar, brought together more than thirty representatives from the private, public and academic worlds of the region, who, inspired by two presentations, talked about the basic aspects required to address environmental liabilities of this nature.
This initiative, unprecedented in the Valparaíso region, was promoted by the Séché company in Chile, and was sponsored by the Ministry of the Environment, the French Embassy in Chile and the Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María. The guests and speakers were welcomed by Guillaume Séché, International Director of Séché Group, followed by Marc Legouy, Head of the Economic Service of the French Embassy in Chile on behalf of Ambassador Roland Dubertrand, who expressed the importance of developing normative measures and concrete actions in environmental management, joining efforts of the public and private sectors.
The event included a presentation by Dr. Roberto Orellana, researcher at the Dr. Daniel Alkalay-Lowitt Biotechnology Center of the Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María and UPLA academic, who in his presentation “Microbial Diversity and its Role in Environmental Pasives: Microorganisms to the Rescue”, raised the importance of the balance between environmental remediation efforts and microorganisms that help decontaminate soils and waters, being important actors in the stability of the environment.
Remi Muth, Technical Director at Séché Eco Services, was also present: “Management of a remediation project: Key points for successful fieldwork”. The French expert dealt with topics such as the adaptation of environmental solutions to the needs of clients within the framework of global project management, the design and configuration of advanced technologies, the granting of guarantees to the objectives of its partners and a commitment to the performance and profitability of Séché’s operations with its clients, allowing them to control the budgets and programming of contracted activities. Finally, he developed the importance of establishing high level health, safety and environmental policies that are fully integrated into the projects. Besides, he included the need to obtain assurances to clients to obtain support from authorities and the community, in a real development of sustainability.
The activity ended with words by Frederik Evendt, General Manager of Séché in Chile, thanking for the space for conversation on the topics discussed, where concern for the environment and current legislation prevailed.