IMPACT in Peru
Our work in Peru focuses on providing technical guidance to develop new approaches to equitable natural resource management.
The mining sector is a strong contributor to Peru’s economy. Artisanal mining, in particular, occurs in many regions and is a source of livelihood for an estimated 400,000 Peruvians. Artisanal mining also accounts for close to a quarter of all gold production in the country.
In recent years, Peru has seen fatal clashes over natural resources, including several violent protests against large scale gold mining projects. Opponents frequently cite environmental concerns, including water pollution.
Peru’s key natural resources include copper, silver, gold, petroleum, timber, fish, iron ore, coal, phosphate, potash, and natural gas.
We are collaborating with the Artisanal Gold Council (AGC) and their efforts to improve artisanal and small-scale gold mining in Peru. We are developing a gender strategy with AGC and its partners, and advising on its implementation across the project, which aims to improve the social, economic, and environmental conditions of artisanal mining communities in Peru, by promoting formalization, as well as the introduction of alternatives to mercury processing.