To address development opportunities identified by the community, we developed a Community Assistance Plan (CAP) for the Bisha Mine. This was originally part of the Bisha Mine’s 2010 Social and Environmental Assessment. The CAP’s contributions go beyond direct mining activities, and enhance the social and economic well-being of the host communities in which we operate.
In 2015, we initiated three sustainable agricultural irrigation and infrastructure projects, which will improve agricultural production and provide potable water sources that are in closer proximity to local villages. These initial projects were selected based on community input, via Community Liaison Officers and local governance administrators. Due to the fact this was a new process involving numerous stakeholders, there have been delays that have slowed down the implementation of these projects, but the hope is that the creases have been ironed out now. If these projects go well, there will likely be appetite by the State of Eritrea to examine additional community investment proposals for the nearby communities to the Bisha Mine.