Last week AMICHOCÓ and a representative of the small scale miners of Segovia, Antioquia attended a workshop on the FAIRTRADE/FAIRMINED standard organized by the Alliance for Responsible Mining – ARM.
Miners from Perú, Bolivia, Ecuador and Colombia met to evaluate the standard after its first year of publication and to exchange experiences and good practices. Additionally, ARM presented its strategy for the coming years and issues like the creation of new certified producer groups and the growing demand of fair-trade metals was also discussed.
This was thefirst time the small scale miners of Antioquia participated in a fair-trade workshop and it was a great introduction to the activities AMICHOCÓ will develop over the next 24 months in that part of the country.
Segovia, were this project is being implemented, is one of the most contaminated places on earth by mercury and over 95% of its economy depends on mining activities.
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