SAM project signs ASM Federations from five aimags
DC’s Sustainable Artisanal Mining (SAM) Project has entered into a cooperation agreement to support and empower small-scale mining federations in Bayankhongor, Govi-Altai, Umnugovi, Uvs and Khentii aimags.
Under the agreement, efforts will be made to strengthen the capacity of aimag artisanal and small-scale miners' organisations, organise local miners, formalise mining activities, and strengthen local cooperation.
Within the empowerment framework of ASM federations, a “Strengthening the Capacity Building of Aimag Artisanal and Small-Scale Mining Federations” training for more than 30 representatives from the five aimags and miners from Uvurkhangai and Selenge aimags was held in Ulaanbaatar from 10-11 April, which covered the ASM legal environment, organisational management, records and archives, human rights-based approaches, and advocacy. Baseline assessments and recommendations were also developed for the five ASM associations.
L. Delgerbayar, head of Umnugovi aimag’s ASM federation and an agreement signatory, said: “We are very happy. This support has hit the nail on the head. For more than 20 years, the people of Khurmen, Mandal-Ovoo, Nomgon, Tsogt-Ovoo, Bulgan, Sevrei, Bayandalai, Gurvan Tes, Khanbogd and Manlai soums have been engaged in gold mining. Illegal mining has heavily exploited State Special Protected Areas. Currently, there are more than 1600 artisanal and small-scale miners at the aimag level.”
Delgerbayar said that as part of the Governor’s “We are Together” aimag development programme from 2016-2020, support had been provided for artisanal miners’ activities, the organising of miners, and the allocation of land for ASM. An order issued by the Citizens’ Representative Khural saw the establishment of a working group to help resolve artisanal miners’ issues. The ASM federation, established in 2017, currently has 264 legal artisanal miners registered as members of 27 partnerships.“Within the framework of the SAM Project cooperation agreement, we will work with local authorities and relevant government agencies to build responsible artisanal mining, intensify artisanal mining and formalisation.”