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Riau Hosts GOLD-ISMIA Training on Enhancing the Local Government Capacities in Supporting ASGM

Written by: Jatu Arum Sari (Working Group Coordinator 1)

Pekanbaru, 31 January 2020 – The Offices of Environment and Forestry of Riau and Kuantan Singingi, in collaboration with the GOLD-ISMIA Project, hosted a training for government officials in Pekanbaru on 29-31 January 2020.

Mr. Dianto, Sekretaris Daerah of Kuantan Singingi, emphasized in his opening remarks on the synergies between the Riau Government ‘s agenda to address the environmental issues arising from illegal ASGM activities with the main objective of the GOLD-ISMIA Project to reduce and eliminate the mercury use in the ASGM sector. To achieve this agenda, he highlighted the needs to, among others, (i) strengthen the coordination among relevant government institutions, (ii) assist the ASGM miners’ groups during the technology transfer, and (iii) involve stakeholders in the project implementation and monitoring and evaluation. In this regard, he encouraged all participants to make full use of the training so that the government officials can provide necessary support to the management and supervisory of mercury-free ASGM sector in Riau, particularly in the GOLD-ISMIA’s project locations, Desa Logas and Desa Logas Hilir, Kuantan Singingi. 

A group photo of all participants
Group Photo of all Participants

A total of fifty-six (56) officials from relevant government institutions in the provincial, regency, district and village levels participated and completed the three-day training. Participants appreciated the interactive process and facilitation from the GOLD-ISMIA Project that enriched their learning experience. The information presented was found informative and helpful for participants in understanding the ASGM sector, particularly the worst and best practices, gender issues, formalization and legalization processes and environmental management. 

The training in Pekanbaru was the second in the series of trainings funded by the GOLD-ISMIA Project which aimed to enhance the capacity of national and sub-national government agencies to be able to plan, support, implement and monitor sustainable and mercury-free interventions in the ASGM sector. The first training was held on 15-17 January 2020 in Manado, North Sulawesi; the next trainings will be held in the other 4 project locations (i.e., Gorontalo, Yogyakarta, West Nusa Tenggara and North Maluku) in February – March 2020.