Ministry of Mines and Energy. Segovia, Antioquia. August 25th, 2017. The Ministry of Mines and Energy, through the National Mining Agency, has declared 4 Special Mining Reserve Areas (ARES) in the Lower Cauca region of Antioquia, which inaugurates the regularization and formalization processes for the small-scale miners in the region.
These ARES are located in the municipalities of Caceres (gold/silver), Taraza (gold/silver and gold/concentrate) and Sonson (limestone), which will benefit over 1,500 small-scale miners in the Antioquia department.
"These Special Reserve Area have been granted for the sake of traditional mining communities and this is one of the mechanisms that the Ministry of Mines and Energy has provided in order to support the formalization of small-scale miners," said the Minister of Mines and Energy, German Arce Zapata.
With mining formalization, the work-related and living conditions for small-scale miners will improve, and it will be possible to fight against the traffic and commercialization of chemical resources such as mercury, explosives and fuel, among others, that are used to finance illegal structures.