The Ministry of Mines and Energy has published the draft Resolution adopting the “National Policy for Subsistence Mining“, aimed at subsistence miners and other actors who may be linked to the implementation of this policy. The vision of the policy is that subsistence mining in Colombia will be, by 2030, organized, respecting the parameters of legality and traceability, allowing a differentiation based on social and cultural factors of the populations that have traditionally practiced the activity, becoming a dignified means of subsistence for the minor.
The Policy will be implemented according to the approaches (or frames of reference) of (i) prevention, promotion, protection and guarantee of human rights; (ii) gender equality in the professional and community dimensions, as well as the promotion of its mainstreaming in sector planning and project implementation; (iii) diversity, enhancing the ethnic diversity of the national territory (Afro-Colombians, indigenous, palenqueras, raizales and gypsies); (iv) territorial development for the social construction of the environment; and (v) environmental protection.
In accordance with the above, the Policy is structured around six strategic axes:
i) Institutional strengthening: This line aims to strengthen and modernize institutional capacities for subsistence miners, taking into account the new mining challenges, expectations and realities in the regions. ii) Social inclusion: It seeks to create opportunities or facilities for subsistence miners to participate in the economic, social and cultural life of society. iii) Reinforcement of associations: With the aim of organizing a new social structure in the mining sector, associative and solidarity forms are proposed, with procedures for community ownership and collective work. iv) Production chain: The need to generate schemes and lines that include the development of value chains, taking into account factors such as climate change and high standards of technical, environmental and social development in communities. v) Best practices: This line promotes the integral development of subsistence miners through the generation of skills, abilities and the implementation of learning, training and education strategies. vi) Sector regulation and analysis: The objective is to ensure a stable legal framework for subsistence mining, with a long-term vision for the organization and management of the sector.
Among the guidelines to be emphasized in the Policy are respect for human rights, distributive justice (in the sense that gender policies must have equality between women and men as their horizon and foundation). This Policy contributes to improving the working conditions of subsistence mining actors, under conditions of equity, legality, development and best mining and environmental practices.
To learn more about the project by which the National Subsistence Mining Policy is adopted, please click on the following link:
195841_PR Politica Nacional mining of subsistence.pdf (windows.net)