ELECTORAL ASM 2021 is an initiative led by Solidaridad and the Peruvian Law Society (SPD), within the framework of the Reclaim Sustainability! programme. Since February, it has convened voters belonging to the artisanal and small-scale mining sector and candidates to the Peruvian Congress to present their proposals for ASM policies and legal frameworks.
Through webinars, debates, interviews and briefings, ELECTORAL ASM 2021 has been reaching around 50,000 people on social media, mostly involved in artisanal and small-scale mining activities, industry, and civil society, among others.
“It is estimated that more than one million people in Peru rely directly or indirectly on artisanal mining, a mostly informal sector but very valuable for rural development, given the amount of jobs and income it provides,” explains Mauricio Winkelried, Manager for Solidaridad Mining Programme in Peru. “Despite its importance, the sector has been growing at the border between informality and illegality, driven by isolated regulations aimed mainly at formalizing the sector at all costs, instead of strategically encouraging its development in a responsible way in terms of occupational health and safety, adequate environmental management, and coexistence with local communities, among others,” he added.
The events put forward the key topics for the mining sector in candidates’ proposals:
- Formalization processes
- Coexistence between large and small mining
- Access to Finance and Equipment
- The role of regional governments in the development of ASM
Reclaim Sustainability! is a programme aiming at convening the efforts of civil society, the private sector and the public sector to develop decent livelihoods within an increasingly formal and responsible ASM sector.
You can follow-up ELECTORAL ASM (in Spanish) on our Integral Platform of Small Scale Mining PIM Facebook page