OceanaGold Corp., which operates the first large scale mining in Didipio, Nueva Vizcaya province, will increase its capability to conserve water resources and implement effective water management, which is critical in mining operation.
OceanaGold managing director and chief executive Mick Wilkes said one major step the company had recently undertaken was to link up with International River Foundation, a Brisbane-based environmental non-government organization that works in partnerships around the world to fund and promote sustainable restorations and management of river basins.
“With this strategic step, along with our continued collaboration with the communities, academe and government in environmental efforts, we believe more results can be achieved,” Wilkes said.
Wilkes said the collaboration with various stakeholders broadened new opportunities in effective water management.
“Together, the group can promote and educate members of the communities in minimizing adverse impacts from the small scale mining and become champions in sustainable river basin management for generations to come,” he said.
The IRF promotes long-term relationships between developed and developing countries, focusing on sustainable river system management globally.
Small scale mining has affected small communities along the Didipio river since the 1970s when gold was first discovered in the area.
Wilkes said OceanaGold thought the IRF model was an effective approach to bring about change. It empowers members of the communities and creates champions in sustainable river basin management for generations to come, he said.
The company continues to strive to provide a cleaner environment and a better future for our communities.
The IRF said “the aim of our partnership with OceanaGold is very clear, we want to create better environment and social conditions to people relying on rivers for agriculture, for drinking water and daily needs. We seek to further develop our support for community and business partnerships across in the Philippines and OceanaGold is leading us forward.”