Submitted by: Fundación Amigos del Chocó
Implemented country: Colombia
Title: Oro Verde
Green Gold (Oro Verde®) is a pilot initiative that reverses environmental degradation and social exclusion produced by illegal and uncontrolled mechanized mining in the Chocó Bioregion, by stimulating sustainable mining practices of gold and platinum and connecting artisan miners to global markets. The program certifies the activity of artisan miners based on social and environmental criteria, and commercializes the metal extracted by those miners in market niches of fair and green trade; it contributes, this way, to protect the environment and raise the income and life quality of the Chocó communities.