CECOMIP: FRANCISCO UNO
“We are committed to the preservation and protection of the environment, as well as to the economic development of our community” William Yampara, former president of CECOMIP.
A RESPONSIBLE ALUVIAL MINING
The Central de Cooperativas Minero Metalúrgicas de Puno, CECOMIP LTDA, is located in the Ananea District at approximately 4700 meters above sea level. The temperature ranges from 7 ° C to -13 ° C. The climate is icy due to the presence of snow-capped mountains and pampas.
The cooperative was established on September 4, 2005, by a community of workers from the jurisdiction of the Ananea district, dedicated to artisanal mining with basic tools. Currently, CECOMIP’s Francisco Uno concession is certified with the Fairmined Fair Mining Standard.
CECOMIP’s type of gold extraction is alluvial. In this type of extraction, the deposits the minerals are dissolved together with sand and gravel. To extract the gold, it is necessary to wash with water and separate the sands and gravels. This concentrate is treated on a gravimetric table that takes advantage of the density of the gold to obtain the grains of the mineral.
Location: Province of San Antonio de Putina, department of Puno, Peru.
Number of miners: 63 women and 137 men
Type of extraction: Alluvial.
Fairmined Certification Date: August 16, 2016
Learn about CECOMIP’s investments in good mining practices, the well-being of its workers and the community with the Fairmined Premium report.
Learn about CECOMIP’s audit results 2021 in relation to environmental protection, working conditions, development plan, and commercial relations.
ACHIEVEMENTS THANKS TO FAIRMINED CERTIFICATION
Cecomip’s Francisco Uno concession is the first Fairmined certified alluvial-type mining organization in the world.
WELFARE OF WORKERS AND THE COMMUNITY
- Implementation of a goldsmith workshop led by women batters from the mining organization.
- Investment in better safety conditions for the workers.
BEST MINING PRACTICES
- In 2020, CECOMIP’s Francisco Uno concession stopped using mercury. Now they are in the process of reducing fuel water pumps.
- Implementation of new technologies: plant with a greater capacity for mineral treatment without mercury, with less water consumption and without using fuel; and plant for the treatment of sludge from its sedimentation ponds.
- Proper handling and disposal of hazardous and non-hazardous solid waste.
- Composting of organic waste.
- Replating pilot test in the mine.
ORGANIZATIONS ACCOMPANYING THE CERTIFICATION PROCESS
- Better Gold Initiative (BGI), through ABR Grupo Consultor y Asociados S.A.C., supported the mining organization with the gap analysis and improvement plan.
- Prior to the first audit, ARM, in coordination with its partner BGI, provided training on legal and labor matters to the Francisco Uno concession.