VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA -- (Marketwired) -- 05/17/13 -- Candente Copper Corp. (TSX: DNT)(PINKSHEETS: CCOXF)(LMA: DNT) ("Candente or the Company") is pleased to advise progress on the Canariaco copper project.
Drilling which commenced in late December 2012, has progressed very well and both the exploration and metallurgical components have now been completed. Given our progress to date and the current global downturn in economic conditions for mineral exploration and development, the Company is reducing expenditures to a minimum while we evaluate program results and costs to date. This reduction includes a temporary suspension of drilling activities, however, Sustainable Development Programs, Environmental and Social Impact ("EIA") studies and reforestation including reclamation of drill platforms and other areas impacted by the drilling program are planned to continue. The Company is firmly committed to Environmental and Social Responsibility.
At Canariaco Sur, ten widely spaced (200 to 300 metres apart) holes confirmed the presence of a second significant porphyry copper- gold- silver system. Mineralization at Canariaco Sur extends for a minimum of 700 metres ("m") north-south and 500m east-west and is open in all directions. Results are pending from the final two holes (See DNT NR 45, 46, 47 and 49 for previously reported drilling results).
The metallurgical drilling program consisting of ten holes was completed in April and all core is being prepared for transport to Vancouver, B.C., Canada for testing.
Geotechnical drilling was initiated in April and five holes have been completed to date.
Candente will continue to support the coffee producing association, APC, as well as Save the Children. In addition, a new convenio with the foundation SocoDevi, http://www.socodevi.org has recently been initiated.
SocoDevi is a network of cooperatives and mutuals whose mission is to use the cooperative approach as an effective tool for creating, protecting and distributing socio-economic benefits in developing countries. Candente will co-finance and extend SocoDevi's Cooperative and Mutual Partnership Program (CMPP), as a sub-project in the communities and associations of Canaris. The CMPP is a development program funded by the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) and Socodevi which is being implemented over the next five years in Peru, Bolivia and Vietnam.
The program's overall development philosophy for Peru is to support local (grass-roots) cooperative movements that promote sustainable socio-economic development. The program in this area will be oriented to increase management and operational capabilities of community members and their cooperatives. This will strengthen the community's position and influence in front of government bodies and civil society in order to access benefits and programs of development.
To implement the project, Socodevi will manage the activities jointly with PRO-A (http://www.ongproa.com ) a locally based NGO, a private company specialized in forestation projects and carbon credit production (ECOTIERRA http://www.ecotierra.co/en/) and Candente Copper.
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