The “Titikaka Mining Regional Fair Expo 2023” is the first mining fair aimed at artisanal and small-scale mining in the southern region of Peru. The event was held in Puno from September 12 to 14 at the convention center of the National University of the Altiplano, it is an initiative of the Regional Directorate of Energy and Mines of Puno (DREM Puno) and the Ministry of Energy and Mines (MINEM).
The event was attended by miners, women mineral selectors, students, and professionals linked to the mining sector. Those who were able to attend the training blocks on formalization, selling, gold traceability, and other relevant topics; also, the attendants could visit the exhibition area with stands of various mining projects, suppliers, public and private initiatives.
In this exhibition area, the planetGOLD Peru project offered visitors the experience of taking a virtual tour that allowed them to learn about the process of obtaining gold without mercury in both alluvial and underground mining. This tour was accompanied by an infographic that explains the step-by-step operation of a gravimetric plant.
During the round table “Challenges and opportunities in the commercialization of gold in small-scale mining and artisanal mining”, Franco Arista, National Coordinator of the planetGOLD Peru project, highlighted the development of the Qori application that will allow the traceability of gold in artisanal and small-scale gold mining in Peru.
Likewise, during the presentation “Advances in the use of clean technologies for gold recovery”, Jonatan Soto, Regional Coordinator in Puno of the planetGOLD Peru project, shared the progress and results of the implementation of gravimetric plants in allied mining organizations, as well as the operation of the gravimetric plant installed in the DREM Puno.
In Peru, the Puno Region is one of the most important in gold production and has the largest number of formalized miners. For this reason, Titikaka Mining becomes a relevant event to generate spaces for dialogue that allow analyzing and sharing successful experiences that strengthen and promote formalization and responsible practices in artisanal and small-scale mining.
- The planetGOLD initiative is funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and led by the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP). In Peru, it is executed by the Ministry of the Environment (MINAM) in alliance with the Ministry of Energy and Mines (MINEM) and with the technical assistance of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP).