The Alliance for Responsible Mining participated in the design of the Project “Global Opportunities for Long-term Development of Artisanal and Small Scale Gold Mining in Bolivia,” lead by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), and will be funded by GEF GOLD.

The purpose of this Project is to contribute to the improvement of the artisanal and small scale mining sector in Bolivia, through its strategic lines: mercury reduction, formalization, access to funding, gender equality and sensitization.

Cumbre del Sajama S.A., Fundación PROFIN, ASM experts in Bolivia, Civil society organizations, mining organizations, and the public sector of the government also participated in this design; they made a contribution in the technical proposal.

This Project has funding from the Global Environmental Facility (GEF GOLD), and will be part of the global program PlanetGOLD.

“This has been a highly participative process because the very social actors of the country built it, and it is expected to be implemented in a near future in such a way, that mercury use can be reduced in ASM operations.

We are always hopeful with this type of initiatives become a reality to reduce mercury use and strengthen the ASM. The Alliance for Responsible Mining expects to continue helping in Bolivia in a near future.” Said Víctor Hugo Pachas, ARM Manage for Peru and Bolivia, about this participation.

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