EPRM supports 4 new projects

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    EPRM supports 4 new projects

    From the many project proposals submitted between July and September of 2017, the European Partnership for Responsible Minerals (EPRM) has selected 4 new projects. These new projects all contribute to EPRM’s main objective: to improve the working and living conditions in and around mines.

    Sylvia van Buchem, EPRM Coordinator at RVO.nl: “The EPRM team was pleasantly surprised by how many project proposals were submitted. During the intensive assessment phase we asked the advice of an advisory committee that was set up especially. We have selected 4 interesting and above all impactful projects that are eligible for subsidy.”

    The new projects will start in 2018 and will continue until 2020. The budget subsidy for these 4 new projects is a total of € 1.5 million. Since it was established in 2016, EPRM has supported 7 projects.

    The following is a brief description of the 4 projects.

    Responsible Kenyan Gold 

    The project will be implemented in Kenya by the Fairtrade Foundation. It will focus on improving Artisanal Small-scale Mining Organisations’ (ASMOs) access to finance, the uptake of productive and responsible mining practices and it will identifying routes for exporting responsibly mined gold. The project will run from January 2018 until December 2020.

    Incident Reporting and Monitoring Gold in DRC 

    IPIS and CEGEMI will implement a project in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo. An important goal is to establish an accessible incident reporting and monitoring mechanism to increase transparency concerning mine site and supply route incidents at and around gold sites. The project will run from January 2018 until December 2019.

    CAPAZ: The Passport to Markets Programme; Scaling-up and Sustaining Impacts 

    This project is a second phase of the first CAPAZ pilot project. Next to supporting mine sites to improve their practices, an important goal of this project is to create a final version of the Market Entry Standard (MES). Also, the project will design and implement a platform to facilitate scaling-up the supply of MES-compliant gold and match potential mines with impact investors and donors. The project is implemented by the Alliance for Responsible Mining and RESOLVE  and run from June 2018 until June 2020 in Colombia with a focus on gold.

    Blockchain-based traceability and data reporting system in Rwanda

    Together with his partners, company iPoint-systems will establish a traceability process along the entire supply chain from mine to store, thereby demonstrating end-users’ accountability for the upstream due diligence process. By doing so it will use blockchain-based traceability and data reporting onto a decentralised network allowing access of downstream supply chain participants and end-users to reliable and verified information on all relevant stages of the supply chain. The project will be piloted on tungsten in Rwanda and will run from February 2018 until February 2019.