PERU | The Netherlands and Solidaridad presented PIM as an initiative towards responsible mining
Within the framework of the 50 years of institutional life of the international organisation Solidaridad, the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Peru held an event to present the official website of the Integral Small Scale Mining Platform (PIM) and the publication "Small Scale Mining Formalisation in Latin America" as strategic actions to promote responsible and formal mining in the region. The meeting was attended by the Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Peru, Wiebe de Boer; the General Director of Mining Formalisation of the Ministry of Energy and Mines, Lenin Valencia; and the Regional Manager of Solidaridad South America, Gonzalo La Cruz.
The PIM platform aims to integrate currently dispersed information to motivate the exchange of good practices. It also offers a space for opinion leaders around small-scale mining to hace opinion columns and organisations to present their initiatives. The main topic are mining formalisation, mining safety, certification standards, business models, public policies, clean technologies and mercury, gender and child labor, among others.
"PIM is a very important tool to help small-scale mining in its development towards sustainability" - Wiebe de Boer, Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Peru.
Global connection with responsible gold producing miners
One of the innovations of the platform is the PIM Match!, a feature that allows for the quick and easy connection with responsible gold producing miners certified by initiatives such as Fairtrade, Fairmined and RJC (Responsible Jewellery Council). Currently, 20 mining companies have a presence on the plarform who are predominantly located in countries such as Peru, Bolivia, the United States, Canada, the Netherlands, among others.
Analysis of mining formalisation in Latin America
The publication "Small Scale Mining Formalisation in Latin America" is the first publication from the Integral Platform of Small Scale Mining (PIM), a Solidaridad initiative which provides a comparative analysis of the legislative advances of mining formalisation in Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia.
"If there are market failures it is because economic actors do not have enough information" - Lenin Valencia, General Director of Mining Formalisation of the Ministry of Energy and Mines.
"Golden Synergies": A proven model of mining formalisation in Peru
The business model between mining scales "Golden Synergies" was tested at Yanaquihua Mining Company (MYSAC in Spanish) and represents a "win-win" given that "it has benefited all members of the value chain, taking into account the social impact and environmental", according to Gonzalo La Cruz, Regional Manager of Solidaridad South America.
"This model resulted in good neighborly relations with the artisanal miners of their concession, by including them in their supply chain, converting them into business partners with better income and encouraging their formalisation", added La Cruz.
"Golden Synergies has benefited all members of the value chain, taking into account the social and environmental impact" - Gonzalo La Cruz, Regional Manager of Solidaridad South America.
The implementation of the model enabled 350 artisanal miners to be formalised in the Yanaquihua Mining Company (MYSAC) who also achieved the RJC (Responsible Jewellery Council) international certification which recognises good practices in the production of gold and the formalisation of artisanal miners.