In the first two weeks of September 2018, CIRDI hosted a fellowship mission that brought together 13 fellows representing their countries’ mining and environment ministries or small-scale mining associations. The fellows came from Ecuador, Peru, Ghana, Guyana and Ethiopia through the CIRDI fellowship program. The mission aimed to provide the fellows with field experience on approaches and practices to artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) in the Yukon, and also to expose the delegates to the Yukon’s placer regime.
The fellowship mission received much support from the Yukon Government. Fellows learned about placer mining policy and regulatory systems from representatives from the Minerals Resources and Compliance, Monitoring and Inspections Branches, as well as from the Yukon Environment and Socio-economic Assessment Board (YESAB), among others.
One of the main takeaways for all the delegates is the back-to-work plan that each national team drew up to put the knowledge from their Yukon experiences into play when they returned home. Items were actionable and important for their country. When the teams presented their plans in Vancouver to close the mission, they told of plans to implement laws to reform illegal mining and gold trafficking, improve regulatory systems, and craft a business model to increase the value chain of the gold market.
Read more about the Fellowship mission here.