Colombia’s profitable gold sector is fraught with illegal mining, threatening the country’s efforts to establish peace after decades of conflict.
Colombia is experiencing a gold mining boom, but approximately 80 percent of its gold mining production — with a value of $1.7 billion — is currently illegal. Uncontrolled gold mining in Colombia fuels social conflict, environmental degradation, and governance challenges. To address these issues, the Artisanal Gold Mining – Environmental Impact Reduction Activity, known as “Oro Legal,” is collaborating with the Colombian government, local communities, and the private sector to establish a shared agenda for sustainable change. A neutral stakeholder, Oro Legal supports responsible mining where is it is technically, financially, and legally feasible to do so.