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Our mining operations bring tangible benefits to local communities and national economies.

Over the past 20 years, we have consistently built mutually beneficial relationships and partnerships with local communities that last throughout the entire life cycle of our operations.

These relationships begin before a mine is even built. When we first begin working in an area, we get to know the members of the local community. This allows us to better understand the community’s priorities and concerns, and enables us to partner with individuals, NGOs and government to make investments in community-identified projects that have a widespread impact on infrastructure, education and health.

For example, in Greece, members of the local communities near our Halkidiki assets were interested in finding out more about new crops they could grow to diversify their current agricultural base and further their income. In response, Eldorado organized a trip for residents of the Municipality of Aristotle to Kostantinidis Nursery, a leading plant nursery in Serres, Northern Greece. Established in 1952, it is actively engaged in growing 'superfood' plants and trees such as goji-berries, blackberries and elderflower. Click here to view a video of this event.

Case study: Four-party Cooperation in China

At Jinfeng and White Mountain, we have a four-party cooperation model in place to promote sustainable community development. The four parties are made up of the mine, local government, the host communities and academic institutions.

Together, the four groups identify programs and activities that build local capacity, including infrastructure development, education initiatives and healthcare.

One such initiative was our investment in five greenhouses near our White Mountain site. After consulting with local university researchers about the most appropriate fruit and vegetables to grow at the site, we hired and trained members of the community to grow organic vegetables year-round, which they then sold to local markets. The goal is to generate sustainable income for our neighbours beyond the life of the mine.

Case study: Investing in Infrastructure and Agriculture Around Kisladag

At Kisladag in Turkey, there are 18 communities within a 10 kilometre radius of the mine site. Over 80% of our employees live in these communities.

From 2005 to 2013, we invested more than US$14 million in community development projects at Kisladag. This included building a water pipeline to supply potable water to nearby villages, constructing a sewage system, investing in a village wedding hall, upgrading roads and funding construction of a new building at Usak University. We built greenhouses to grow 72,000 saplings and then planted them.

Our support of local agricultural initiatives has resulted in crop production increases between 90 and 350 percent. There has also been a significant increase in the number of cattle, and the number of beehives increased by 150% between 2006 and 2011.

Case Study: Efemcukuru Communities See Increase in Education Levels

We believe in the power of education to transform lives.

Through discussions with community partners near Efemcukuru in Turkey, we realized that we could make a tangible difference by investing in education. Our investment has included building improvements, providing uniforms, school supplies and school services, and supporting nursery school classes and campaigns to reduce violence at school.

The number of students attending high school from the communities near Efemcukuru increased tenfold over the 2006 to 2012 period, from 3 to 30. Four students are now attending university and some are employed at the mine.

Case Study: Mines and Vines at Efemcukuru

We care about the communities where we operate and want to see them prosper both during – and after – the life of the mine.

This is why we work in partnership with communities to identify opportunities for employment in addition to those offered through our operations. At Efemcukuru, we are running a successful vineyard that employs up to 30 villagers who oversee 20 hectares of wine and table grapes.

In 2012, the vineyard yielded 7.4 tonnes of wine grapes, which are used to make several types of wine, and 20 tonnes of table grapes, which are sold to the market.