Alliance with Conservation International
As part of its ongoing responsibility to environmental management, particularly in the areas in which it operates, Continental Gold announced in June 2015 that it had partnered with Conservation International to promote conservation and environmental governance in the municipality of Buriticá.
Under the terms of the agreement, Conservation International (a non-profit environmental association operating in over 30 countries) will review and identify areas in the Buriticá region that are home to diverse wildlife and flora. Furthermore, the agreement calls for the development of environmental programs important to the biodiversity of the region and for the sustainable development and subsistence of the community. The partnership further demonstrates the Company’s continuous commitment to the preservation of the environment within the greater Buriticá area.
Alliance with the University of British Columbia
Continental Gold and the University of British Columbia (UBC) have teamed up to work to counter the environmental impact of illegal mining and formulate sustainable opportunities for formalized small-scale miners in the Buriticá region. This alliance has been formed to assist in the development of an environmental remediation plan for damage resulting from illegal mining, as well as a sustainable co‑existence model for formalized small-scale miners operating within the Company‘s titles. While environmental remediation as a result of illegal mining is not a requirement or legal liability, the Company wishes to play a significant role in the restoration of the local environment.
Heading the initiative is Marcello Veiga, P.Eng, PhD., a metallurgical engineer and environmental geochemist, currently working as a professor at the Norman B. Keevil Institute of Mining Engineering at UBC. Dr. Veiga has over 30 years of experience consulting for mining companies in Brazil, Canada, the United States, Venezuela, Chile, Peru and Colombia, and has worked extensively on environmental and social issues related to artisanal and formalized mining. His teaching topics are focused on diverse issues that have helped to develop a more sustainable environment for mining communities throughout the world.
Alliance with Servicio Nacional de Aprendizaje (SENA)
Thanks to an agreement between Continental Gold and the National Training Service of Colombia, Servicio Nacional de Aprendizaje (SENA), 60 high school graduates from Western Antioquia, primarily from the area of influence of the Buriticá Project, commenced training in mining works at SENA. Under sponsorship of a learning contract, these young people will take technical courses, such as Mining Works, Electromechanical Assembly and Maintenance of Underground Mining Facilities. Graduation from the program provides increased opportunity to secure permanent jobs.
The training program has received strong support from both the state (departmental) and municipal level governments.
“Today we applaud the Company’s initiative, which is supported by both the departmental and municipal governments.”
–Juan José Castaño, Director of Mining Development with the Mining Department of the Government of Antioquia
“Thank you for the opportunity given to these young people to train in mining works. I hope you will continue to give priority to the community of Buriticá.”
–Humberto Castaño Úsuga, Mayor of Buriticá
By providing training, Continental Gold aims to play a part in Buriticá’s new story. Training in Colombia’s most modern mechanized underground project should provide important skills to the community as they compete in the mining sector, in addition to promoting employability in the municipality of Buriticá and its neighboring towns. These technical courses are a fundamental part of our initiative launched in Buriticá as part of our commitment to the municipality and Western Antioquia. In addition to this program, we continue with our traditional education principles: Basic Training, Job Training and Higher Education.