Originally published on the Mining Legislation Reform Initiative website
Civil society stakeholders met on November 6 to discuss the key issues facing the mining sector in Armenia. The impacts of mining on the environment, communities, the Armenian economy, and other such factors were discussed during the roundtable held at the American University of Armenia (AUA).
Mining Policy and Legislative Reform Manager, Varant Meguerditchian highlighted the importance of the event, stating: “We’ve kick-started a process to get mining sector reform back on the political agenda.
“We want to make sure that the benefits of mining to Armenia and its people outweigh the many negative impacts,” said Meguerditchian.
Representatives from civil society organizations had their say on issues such as waste management, land rehabilitation, water quality and much more during spirited discussions which lasted for more than two hours.
The roundtable was the first in a series of stakeholder events which will be run by the AUA CRM’s Mining Legislation Reform Initiative (MLRI) to develop a comprehensive responsible mining policy for Armenia.
Commenting on the high level of participation and the quality of the discussions, Meguerditchian said, “This transparent and inclusive process will lead us toward a better more sustainable mining sector.”
The Mining Legislation Reform Initiative (MLRI), a project of the American University of Armenia (AUA)’s Center for Responsible Mining, is a multi-year effort to ensure that mining in Armenia provides sufficient benefits to the country and local communities. The initiative involves drafting and passing legislation that elevates the socio-economic benefits of mining while reducing the negative environmental and public health impacts. THE MLRI project is made possible by funding from the Tufenkian Foundation.
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Civil society stakeholders met on November 6 to discuss the key issues facing the mining sector in Armenia. The impacts of mining on the environment, communities, the Armenian economy, and other such factors were discussed during the roundtable held at the American University of Armenia (AUA).read More
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