EPRM Newsletter December 2018
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EPRM Newsletter December 2018


As the end of 2018 is approaching we can look back on a very successful year for the EPRM. This year the EPRM welcomed 10 new members and started several new projects that have been selected from the call for proposals in 2017.

The EPRM also set up two new working groups with a focus on strategic financing and the development of an EPRM  knowledge portal. Amongst others, the work of these groups resulted in further defining the purpose of the knowledge portal and in drafting the scope of the 2018 call for proposals.

The EPRM received 50 quick scans for the 2018 call for proposals with project ideas in 15 different countries. The assessments of the full proposals will continue in 2019 after which the final results are expected in April 2019.

The EPRM Governing Board, the working groups and the Secretariat are all looking forward to another successful year for the EPRM with hopefully more members to join the partnership, new projects to be financed and the start of an EPRM knowledge portal.

Wishing you a Merry Christmas and Happy new year!



Interview with our vice-chair: Jan Pieter Barendse

At the beginning of 2019, the EPRM chairs are going to rotate. We would like to take this opportunity to honor one of our current vice-chairs Jan Pieter Barendse. Besides being a chair for the EPRM Jan Pieter works as a focal point for Raw Materials at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He’s working with a team on the ministry’s strategy to transition mineral supply chains from conventional practices to responsible practices.

Jan Pieter: “We need to get more responsible and sustainable if we want the planet to be liveable for future generations. Individual actions do matter..”

Read the entire interview here.




EPRM members meeting 2018 at Valcambihttps://europeanpartnership-responsibleminerals.eu/file/download/53241545/Group+picture+members+meeting

On the 20th November the EPRM organised a very productive members meeting in Switzerland. The strategic member Valcambi was very kind to host the meeting at their headquarters in Balerna, in Switzerland, including a very educative tour through their    gold refinery.  

Read more about the EPRM members meeting at Valcambi. 




'Not everything that shines is gold'

Are you curious to learn more about the projects that receive EPRM support? Read the story of Yajaira Mina, a woman from Suarez, Colombia. Yajaira works in a local gold mining community with her female colleagues, which was formed as part of the Alliance for Responsible Mining (ARM) CAPAZ project, funded by the EPRM. A part of the woman took place in the first gold sale under the ‘CRAFT code’, they received a better price for their gold, in comparison to the informal market prices they usually receive, which is a crucial step to build a better quality of life. Read more here.








ICMM: well-being improved in mining dependent countries

A recent report of the International Council of Mining and Metals (ICMM) finds that the lives of people in mining-dependent countries have, on average, improved faster than those of people in other countries over the past 20 years. The report challenges the conventional belief that extractive industries can impede social and economic well-being of populations. For more information, see our website.

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