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Generating a productive empowerment

Since November 2017, the Alliance for Responsible Mining (ARM), along with the funding from the Ensemble Foundation, the Colorado School of Mines and the Ford Foundation, have been developing a global project to promote good mining practices in the Puno region.

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We attended the NEOMIN Fair in Peru

The goal of the event was to assist small mining producers in employing clean technologies to eradicate the use of mercury in mining, as well as for miners to know and approach the various state agencies involved in mining.

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Training workshop on the OECD Due Diligence Guidance

On February 27, the skills workshop on the OECD Diligence Due Diligence Guide was held in Medellin, Colombia, in order to understand the context, objectives and recommendations, as well as to analyze in depth the necessary steps for its implementation.

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Inauguration of Minas y Cuevas’ gravimetric plant, Honduras

On the 8th of February we inaugurated the gravimetric plant for the recovery of gold and other metals of the artisanal and small-scale mining organization (ASMO) Minas y Cuevas in Macuelizo, Honduras. One of the main benefits of the plant will be the ability to obtain gold without the use of mercury, thus reducing environmental impact.

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How we are facing 2019

For the Alliance for Responsible Mining, 2018 ended with some encouraging news, such as the increase from 8 to 11 artisanal and small-scale mining organizations certified under the Fairmined Standard (in Colombia, Peru, Bolivia and Mongolia), and the growth in the volume of Fairmined certified gold in relation to the previous year.

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The Alliance for Responsible Mining starts a project in Burkina Faso

The first of January, the Alliance for Responsible Mining (ARM) officially started a project in Burkina Faso. This one will run for three years and it is financed by the European Union (EU). It is the first large project that ARM implements in West Africa since the one financed by the UNIDO. In addition, the project is the first one signed from ARM Europe.

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Cauca-Nariño Regional Workshop: Experiences involving a connection between multiple stakeholders and the artisanal and small-scale mining sector

The Cauca-Nariño Regional Workshop was held on December 4 and 5 in Popayán, Cauca, Colombia, and was attended by more than 50 people, including institutions; artisanal and small-scale miners from Cauca, Nariño, Antioquia, Huila and Boyacá; scholars; civil society organizations such as Foro por Colombia; and members of the Alliance for Responsible Mining (ARM) team.

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The Alliance for Responsible Mining opens a branch in Europe

The Alliance for Responsible Mining (ARM) foundation opened an association in Europe composed by the 8 members of the board of directors of the foundation. As a result, the “Association Alliance pour une Mine Responsable – Europe” (ARM Europe), based in France, is now a reality.

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First exchange of women miners

From the 13th to the 16th of November the first exchange of women miners of the Boyacá department took place. Here, women were able to share experiences, projects and life lessons about their situation in the artisanal and small-scale mining subsector. Also, on the 13th of November, we received a visit of a delegation of the Embassy of Canada, country that finances the project Proudly Women Miners through the Fund for Local Initiatives.

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Working Towards the Implementation of Gender Equality in the ASM

ARM organised a workshop on the participatory creation of tools and methodologies to encourage gender equality in the ASM sector. Forty-three women took part in the event, amongst which were coal miners, students of the SENA and potters, all members of the project “Orgullosamente Mineras” (Proudly Women Miners).

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OECD Due Diligence Guidance project activities

Delegates from the OECD were in Colombia participating in various activities as part of their commitment to evaluate the current status of the mining system in the country and also to start the OECD project in mining communities in areas affected by conflict and high risk in Colombia.

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