Gabriel understands that true sustainability is about building up a community's capability and vitality over time. Gabriel has integrated the interests of the community and ecology in designing the Project and is determined to make Rosia Montana a model mining development. We are committed to sharing the economic and environmental benefits with a village and region that has been previously exploited for its gold but is now impoverished, polluted and overlooked.
Even in advance of operations Gabriel is demonstrating its corporate values and commitment to the region. International best practice, human rights, labour and anti-corruption standards have been fully integrated into company policy and practice, over and above any local laws. Gabriel also understands that its responsibilities do not end with the closure of a mine. From the outset, Gabriel will provide for villagers displaced by the proposed mine. For example, Gabriel has purchased old houses, and built new and modern houses. Our community development plans include building a new school, medical clinics, and a city hall/community center. Before the first ounce of gold has been mined, hundreds of millions of dollars has already been spent or committed on initiatives to improve the local community infrastructure.
Gabriel is dedicated to observing the highest standards of corporate responsibility and has pledged to build a state of the art mining facility that will not only reinvigorate the local economy, but will meet or exceed all international, European and Romanian standards for responsible mining practices.
Mining practices have seen enormous change for the better in recent decades. Laws have been enacted to require thorough rehabilitation of land. Environmental assessments submitted by companies are legally binding commitments. Technologies for extraction and run-off containment are generations ahead of those that were used in Rosia Montana, or elsewhere in Romania during communist times.
Gabriel’s detailed environmental plans also include the replanting of trees, treatment of run-off water, and re-contouring slopes with topsoil and vegetation. A percentage of revenue from every ounce of gold will be set aside for the reclamation of any Rosia Montana lands and waters affected by the Project footprint.
Should its permits be granted, Gabriel will bring these reforms, innovations, and best practices to bear on the Project. When the work is underway, the new Rosia Montana mine will have safer standards than are required under the International Cyanide Management Code formulated by the United Nations and the project will strive to observe the highest, strictest environmental standards of any gold mining project not only in Romania, but of any European Union nation.
Our commitment to the community goes beyond future mining. We also care deeply about the region’s history. Gabriel has invested US$31m in identifying and cataloguing Rosia Montana's cultural heritage in a program of rescue archaeology. This restoration program has already saved and housed dozens of relics, including salvaging an intact Roman water wheel dating back to the first or second century AD. Gabriel has now pledged at least an additional US$100 million for the conservation and preservation of cultural heritage not just in Rosia Montana but across the whole of Romania. An independent rescue-archaeology team will continue the work on site for the life of the mine, with its findings housed in a museum also funded by Gabriel.