Amazonite UpdateJuly 09
NMG has been working with the local NGO to declassify an environmentally protected area for the last 8 months.
NMG is preparing to submit their sustainability proposal. The land in question is near rare endemic plants. NMG explorers maintain their proposed mining project is part of a greater buffer area, outside the area of protection. NMG lead explorer, Meme Rakotombi points out that NMG focus is on sustainability and includes local people in the greater picture, and as part of the environment. Mr. Rakotombi explains we need to think about the local people equally as we do the environment. Too many international NGOs come here to protect, protect and protect whatever they can. How can we develop, if everything is protected? After the proposal is submitted, it will be voted on by various vested interests and government groups. NMGs long term plans for the area include amazonite block (5-14 ton per block) excavation. However the land and no road access might limit the potential of this green gemstone feldspar to small block production (1-200kg per pc).
By Robert Grant