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Colombia: first ever Fairtraide and Fairmined Ecological Gold from Condoto, Oro Verde! [includes video]

Author: Alliance for Responsible Mining, Published on: 11 February 2011

[T]he Condoto Iró Community Council from the Oro Verde (Green Gold) initiative, were issued their Fairtrade and Fairmined certificate for Ecological Gold. 90 family productive units extract gold using ancestral artisanal mining techniques that ensure a sustainable use of the natural resources of their home – Chocó Bioregion, one of the most biodiverse ecosystems on Earth. No toxic chemicals are used in the mining and strict ecological restoration practices are observed. Oro Verde is a part of the organizational process of ethnic Afro-Colombian communities, aiming at the preservation of their ancestral knowledge and cultural identity...Jorge Perea, community leader of Oro Verde in Condoto...‘We consider Fairtrade and Fairmined certification meets the needs of miners seeking to improve their quality of life and strengthen our identity as an ethnic group…

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