The region's residents are today isolated and blighted by extremely high unemployment. Mining has been the historic lifeblood of the community.
Gabriel has already invested in a comprehensive set of programmes designed to improve infrastructure and living standards, addressing education, skills training, assistance for the elderly, community health, job and business creation, and respect for the area's archaeological heritage.
Although the area of the proposed mining operation itself is relatively small, the immediate community infrastructure benefits of the Project would extend much more widely, protecting the local agricultural sector and providing the underpinning for a growth in sustainable tourism.
Gabriel has been proactive in engaging communities located on or near the site in consultations and decision-making about the future mine proposal. A high priority has been to ensure that the resettlement and relocation of families affected by the mine is handled with care and empathy and with attention to protection of community identity and the cultural values of the region.
Gabriel has worked with Rosia Montana residents to create a comprehensive
Resettlement and Relocation Action Plan ("RRAP") helping both those who remain
in their current homes and those seeking new accommodation. To view a copy of
the RRAP, please click on the following links:
Resettlement and Relocation Action Plan
Annex to the RRAP
A result of this consultation process is the new Recea community near Alba
Iulia. Built by Gabriel at a cost of $32m and opened to its first families in
2009, Recea is a modern development shaped by the needs and wishes of residents
from Rosia Montana and who are affected by the new mine. This infrastructure was gifted to Alba Iulia Municipality.
Gabriel and RMGC have helped families at every stage of the planning and the relocation process offering legal support, disposal and moving assistance as well as training and school grants.
Above: the Recea resettlement site
Following a US$32 million investment, the new Recea resettlement site in Alba Iulia
consists of 125 houses covering a 24 hectare area.
The entire infrastructure was donated to Alba Iulia municipality
and the site includes over 13 km of roads.
There were 12 local construction companies involved in the
building process, of which nine were based in Alba Iulia
and three came from neighbouring counties.
In all, 1,670 people worked at the Recea site and there
is land available and in possession for expansion with up
to 80 additional houses.