The EPRM will fund 4 new projects

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    By Beheerder EPRM in the group Redactie EPRM 69 days ago
    The EPRM will fund 4 new projects

    The EPRM is happy to announce that the partnership will fund 4 extra projects in 2019. Until this very moment, the EPRM has been funding 7 projects in total, which will increase up to 11.

    The 4 selected projects are located in 6 different locations. Taking all new projects into account, the covered mineral scope contains tin, tantalum, tungsten and gold. A short description of each project is presented below. More detailed information about the projects and corresponding tools will be presented soon.

    1.) Access to responsible markets, good practices and territorial governance in artisanal mining

    This project takes place in conflict and high risk area Chocó in Colombia and focusses on gold. The long-term objective of this project is to portray women in ASM as active leaders in territorial environmental governance and peacebuilding. This will be achieved through 2 short-term objectives, with the following related activities:

    • Dignify ASM as a livelihood in areas of high conservation value and develop conditions that guarantee market entry in legal, responsible markets.
    • Strengthen women leadership in environmental governance and peacebuilding.

    Project partners: CI Anexpo SAS, Alliance for Responsible Mining, Fundacion Atabaque

    2.) Consolidated Autonomous Due Diligence (CADD) upstream framework

    The following project is situated in both Burkina Faso and Bolivia and targeting the minerals tantalum and gold. The goal is to scale responsible sourcing, by placing operators at the centre of the process while securing compliance with the OECD Guidance. It is aimed to realise cost reductions (and as such global scalability) through incorporation of multiple, independent local sources of information into the due diligence process. This will be achieved through standardised reporting templates and guidelines for supply chain operators themselves.

    Project partners: Verbatims asbl, BetterChain, Affinor, Power Resources Ltd

    3.) Promoting women-led responsible, traceable, safe and profitable Artisanal and Small Scale Gold Mining by Mtandazo Women Miners Association in Zimbabwe.

    This project will proceed in Zimbabwe and Gold and focusing on gold. The long-term goal of the project is to promote women led responsible, safe and profitable gold mining in the Artisanal and Small Scale Mining Sector in Zimbabwe. In order to achieve this, there is a strong focus on due diligence assessment and traceability actions; empowering members to use legal tools to assert their rights; training women miners and gold dealers; and providing technical support to women miners to run profitable mining and gold milling.

    Project partners: Zimbabwe Environmental Law Association, Mtanzdazo Women Miners Association

    4.) Promoting Responsible Mineral Supply Chains of Designated Conflict Minerals in Uganda

    This project will be implemented in Uganda and DRC and concentrates on tin, tantalum, tungsten and gold. The aim of the project is to promote responsible practices and standards in the exploitation of 3TGs in Uganda in accordance with the OECD and ICGLR Frameworks. Furthermore, there is a focus on linking ASM and medium 3TGs mine owners and mineral exporters with financial institutions and international markets for their responsibly mined commodities.

    Project partners: Optima Mines and Minerals LTD, National Planning Authority, Directorate of Geological Survey and Mines (DGSM), Africa Centre for Energy and Mineral Policy (ACEMP)