New Partnership Between World Bank and AUA’s Center for Responsible Mining


Recently, the American University of Armenia’s Center for Responsible Mining (AUA CRM) began a partnership with the World Bank, in a project entitled “Armenia, Strategic Mining Sector Assessment.” The project will provide the Armenian government with better understanding of key social and environmental challenges and future opportunities that exist for Armenia’s mining sector.



International expert from Sweden discusses his findings at an AUA CRM-hosted event.


Already, the partnership has produced an analytical study which considers present mining activity, potential new projects, as well as the legacy of previous operations. The study will foster strategies in line with international best practices in social and environmental protection, while contributing to Armenia’s sustainable economic development.


The study includes key contributions from the Mining Legislation Reform Initiative (MLRI), a division of AUA CRM. MLRI worked closely with international experts in researching and analyzing Armenia’s mining laws and regulations. The final report will be published in spring 2016, and will include a section on the framework of Armenia’s mining legislation, highlighting legal and regulatory weaknesses, gaps, and reforms that can raise Armenia’s laws to internationally acceptable standards.


The Mining Legislation Reform Initiative (MLRI) is a project of the American University of Armenia’s Center for Responsible Mining (AUA CRM), and receives primary support from the Tufenkian Foundation.

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