Oro Verde® - Facilitating Market Access for Artisan Miners
Providing certification to the environmentally and socially responsible gold and platinum production
Since 2000, Oro Verde® reverses environmental degradation, caused by uncontrolled mining in the Chocó Bioregion by developing certified responsible mining practices. The partnership, consisting of a national NGO and three grassroots organisations, has created the basis for the world’s first local certification scheme for precious metals and has propelled a worldwide fair-trade movement around responsible small-scale mining. The artisanal miners who extract the gold and platinum comply with strict ecological standards.
AMICHOCÓ strengthens and formalises the producer groups; develops new markets; and connects the local miners with national and international partners.
The Community Councils of Tadó and Condoto, ASOCASAN and COCOMACOIRO represent the local mining communities; supervise, guide and coordinate ground activities; participate in decision-making processes; and co-own the Oro Verde Brand.
FUNDAMOJARRAS supports the Community Councils and co-owns the Oro Verde Brand.