Since July 13th, medicusmundi (MM) and Centro Terra Viva (CTV) have been holding meetings to present the new project “Associated miners from Cabo Delgado and Nampula practice artisanal and small-scale mining worthy, ethical, clean and environmentally sustainable”, financed by the Generalitat Valenciana.
After a pilot experience of 4 years in the districts of Ancuabe, Montepuez and Namuno, the organizations medicusmundi and Centro Terra Viva are starting a new phase of support to associations and cooperatives of miners and artisanal miners. This time, in addition to the 3 districts of Cabo Delgado, the project also covers the districts of Moma, Mogovolas and Murrupula, in the neighboring province of Nampula.
Thus, since July 13th, the MM/CTV team has been visiting the different mining communities and district and provincial authorities and other actors involved in the execution of some activities such as AMPCM (Mozambican Association for the Promotion of Modern Cooperatives), or the association of Paralegals of Nampula, among others.
In these meetings, the team's technicians are making known the 3 specific objectives that the project intends to achieve over the 3-year duration of the intervention, namely:
SO1: Strengthen mining associations and cooperatives for the sustainable development of territories, the improvement of mining production and access to fair marketing, based on a solidary approach to the value chain for poverty reduction.
SO2: Promote environmental conservation and the protection of natural resources in areas designated for the MAPE, reducing environmental impacts caused by mining activity and climate change, and ensuring equitable access to artisanal and small-scale miners.
SO3: Strengthen the public health system by introducing occupational health in mining and strengthening community health in the six intervention districts to ensure response to recurrent health emergencies and improve access to universal health in mining communities.
At the same time, the team takes advantage of the visits to collect data for the elaboration of the project's baseline.
In this way MM/CTV kick-off to continue for another 3 years the strategy started in 2017 based on the implementation of a comprehensive approach to the needs and challenges of communities that practice artisanal and small-scale mining in Cabo Delgado and Nampula.