Roberto Hartasanchez, President of FAPAS, stated, "This agreement opens the possibility for the first time in Asturias to develop a mining initiative in an environmentally friendly manner with respect to biodiversity. If it is implemented in the appropriate manner, and according to the intention of the parties, the relationship should serve as a template for future initiatives involving mining companies and environmental organizations."
Astur Gold's policy is to maintain and enhance affected terrain, marine, and air ecosystems of the area. Among measures under consideration, FAPAS will plan ecological initiatives to enhance the preservation and recovery of species and vegetation that support biodiversity and minimize visual impact.
This agreement is the first of several that Astur Gold is evaluating with various organizations to supplement the measures included in the Environmental Impact Study, which is currently being processed by the General Directorate of Mines of the Principality of Asturias.
FAPAS is a non-governmental organization with thirty years of experience in the conservation of the Cantabrian mountain ecosystems and wildlife species that inhabit them, such as the brown bear, the grouse and carrion birds. What began as a group of friends trying to protect a small population of birds in the Picos de Europa, FAPAS has become one of the leading figures in protection of nature, based in Tunon, Asturias in North Spain, and has more than 18,000 collaborators all over the country.
ABOUT ASTUR GOLD
Astur Gold is developing its 100% owned Salave Gold Project in Asturias, northern Spain. Salave is one of the largest undeveloped gold deposits in Western Europe. The Company submitted its application for an underground mine permit for Salave in September 2011 and submitted its Environmental Impact Assessment in May 2012. Astur Gold is building a partnership with the people of Asturias to generate sustainable economic benefits for the region while balancing the needs of environmental protection and social community development.
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