Candente Copper is committed to protecting the environment and creating sustainable economic and social benefits for the local communities and all Peruvians at all stages of our work.
During our current exploration and planning stage, we are proud to be making significant social and economic contributions to the areas surrounding the Cañariaco Norte project by working with a number of important organizations, including Save the Children, the Clinton Giustra Sustainable Growth Initiative, and the Lions Club of Lambayeque.
Save the Children and Candente Copper are working together to help create a safer environment for mothers and children in the area, including access to improved health care, nutrition, education and hygiene. In addition, Candente Copper's partnership with the Clinton Giustra Sustainable Growth Initiative and Lions Club of Lambayeque on an extensive campaign of much needed eye care, including cataract surgeries and the distribution of free eye glasses, is making an immeasurable impact on the lives of those affected in the area.
To forward our long term sustainability goals, Candente Copper is currently working with agricultural specialists to assist existing coffee growers in the area to improve crop quality and yields, and to improve their access to markets and certification. In addition, Candente Copper has introduced a number of innovative, non-traditional crops to the area such as quinoa, in an effort to help the local farmers diversify into new and potentially highly lucrative agricultural markets.
In addition to its social and economic well-being, a healthy environment with clean, uncontaminated water is vital for the good health, prosperity and livelihood of the area's people and communities. At Candente Copper we understand just how important this is, and we make clean water and a healthy environment an immediate and top priority. Candente Copper's Cañariaco Copper project in Northern Peru is only at the exploration and planning stages, but protection of the environment and the water is already well underway, with an intensive Environmental Impact Assessment -- including monitoring -- ongoing since 2007.
In addition to our current efforts, if approved, the Cañariaco Norte project is expected to employ approximately 2,000 people directly during its construction, and then continue to provide full-time, high quality, direct employment for approximately 600 local people, and indirect employment to approximately 2,400 people over the anticipated 20-plus year life of the mine. Peru has a long history of mining which has resulted in a large pool of mining talent available in-country. As a result, Candente Copper expects to be able to source Peruvian personnel for virtually all mining administration and operation requirements.
Long-term sustainability is a cornerstone goal of the Cañariaco Norte copper project, and we are making extensive efforts today to ensure that viable, beneficial economic activities continue in the areas surrounding the Cañariaco Norte project long after the mining has been completed and the mine area reclaimed