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  • Mercury Usage in Gold Mining and Why It Is a Problem

    Most large scale and regulated gold mining companies do not use mercury in their mining operations. However, Small scale and illegal gold mining operations will sometimes use mercury to separate the gold from other materials.

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  • Empowerment of women in Africa & Small

    Women in Artisanal and Small Scale Mining (ASM) in Central and East Africa is IMPACT's ground breaking research project studying the role of women in the artisanal mining sector and opportunities for their empowerment. November 2017 This brief highlights key

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  • Formalizing Artisanal and Small Scale Mining for

    The handbook builds on the IGF Guidance for Governments: Managing artisanal and small scale mining, and was launched at the IGF's Annual General Meeting last October in Geneva. It has been developed in support of the Minamata Convention on Mercury and focuses specifically on artisanal and small scale gold mining (ASGM), but it can also be useful for the wider ASM sector.

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  • Gold Matters: Sustainability Transformations in Artisanal

    Gold Matters: Sustainability Transformations in Artisanal and Small scale Gold Mining: A Multi Actor and Trans Regional Perspective The objective of the Gold Matters project is to consider whether a transformative approach towards sustainability can arise in Artisanal and SmallscaleGold Mining

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  • Artisanal and Small Scale Gold Mining in Nigeria

    1 Artisanal and Small Scale Gold Mining in Nigeria: Recommendations to Address Mercury and Lead Exposure Executive Summary In 2010, a major lead poisoning outbreak in Zamfara State, Nigeria made international headlines. Traced to artisanal and small

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  • Artisanal and Small Scale Gold Mining in Peru: A

    A report by Peru Support Group. Abstract: High gold prices, persistent poverty and a shortage of employment opportunities in Peru have all contributed to an increase in artisanal and small scale gold mining activity in recent years. The expansion of the sector has

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  • ARTISANAL AND SMALL SCALE GOLD MINING AND

    Artisanal and small scale gold mining businesses as well as individual miners are often unregistered and unlicensed, making miners more vulnerable to exploitation, inhibiting monitoring and enforcement of laws and regulations and making mining sites more prone

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  • Gold Matters – Exploring Transformations to

    The Sustainability Challenge An estimated 16 million people in low and lower middle income countries are dependent on Artisanal and Small scale Gold Mining (ASGM) as a form of livelihood. However, it is widely associated with negative environmental, social

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  • WOMEN AND ARTISANAL AND SMALL SCALE MINING:

    1 WOMEN AND ASM, SIERRA LEONE BRIEF Executive Summary Women's economic activities in artisanal and small scale gold mining is an important contribution but is often over looked including in laws and regulations on ASM and by state officials.

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  • The Impacts of Artisanal Gold Mining in Sudan

    Definition, its role in artisanal small scale gold mining (ASGM). The adverse effects on the human health, animal life and the environment. The Mercury program Mandate (2007), and the establishment of the global legal binding instrument.

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  • A golden opportunity: Artisanal and small scale gold

    In Zimbabwe, it is estimated that artisanal and small scale mining (ASM) provides a direct livelihood for more than one million people—critical in a country grappling with high unemployment. Consensus is growing among key ASM stakeholders that the government's policy shift toward increasing economic emphasis on ASM gold creates both an immediate need and an important opportunity to

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  • Artisanal and Small Scale Gold Mining in Papua New

    The artisanal and small scale gold mining in PNG provide employment at local and national levels and the sector is an important source for inflow of foreign exchange into rural communities. However, small scale mining activities are associated with sensitive

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  • Robertson, Thomas. Artisanal and small scale gold mining as a

    Artisanal and Small scale Gold Mining (ASGM): Not Such a Small Scale Activity • ASGM: Gold mines of 1 100 workers, informal and using rudimentary techniques. • 10 30 million people directly employed*, 90% of gold mining workforce**, 20% of global gold

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  • The Mercury Problem in Artisanal and Small‐Scale Gold Mining

    The MercuryProblem in Artisanal and Small Scale Gold Mining Louisa J. Esdaile* and Justin M. Chalker*[a] Chem. Eur.J.2018, 24,6905–6916 6905 T 2018 The Authors. Published by Wiley VCH Verlag &Co. KGaA, Weinheim DOI:10.1002/chem

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  • Analysis of the Socio Economic Factors That Contribute to Children School Dropout in Artisanal Small Scale Gold Mining

    Artisanal small scale gold mining activities 156 60.0 Farming 9 3.5 Business activities 17 6.5 A house wife 18 6.9 Total 200 100.0 Source: field data 2016 Gender &Age Demographic characteristic of the studied population revealed that out of the 200 Although the

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  • IIED shines a light on small scale mining International

    Small scale and artisanal mining — a sector that governments and development agencies often see as only as a problem — could be a source of sustainable livelihoods for millions of marginalised people, say researchers at the International Institute for Environment

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  • Tanzania: Small scale mining map reveals vast potential

    Small scale mining supports hundreds of thousands of relatively well paid jobs, but with serious health and safety hazards. In Tanzania, mining is often the subject of headline news. There are frequent reports in the papers regarding fresh multimillion deals, new tax plans for the sector, or allegations of malpractice. These stories tend to focus on large scale mining, which is central to the

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  • The Impact of Expanding Artisanal and Small Scale Mining on Small

    The Impact of Expanding Artisanal and Small Scale Mining on Small Holder Agriculture in West Africa A Case Study of Burkina Faso, Ghana and Sierra Leone SYNTHESIS REPORT OCTOBER 2017 To find out more information visit us at

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  • Mercury free, small scale artisanal gold mining in Mozambique: utilization of magnets to isolate gold

    Mercury free, small scale artisanal gold mining in Mozambique: utilization of magnets to isolate gold at clean tech mine Kevin Dracea,*, Adam M. Kieferb, Marcello M. Veigac, Matt K. Williamsb, Benjamin Ascaria, Kassandra A. Knapperb, Kaitlyn M. Loganbba,

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  • Developing National Action Plans for Artisanal and Small Scale Gold Mining

    use in the artisanal and small scale gold mining sector. Article 13 of the Convention established a financial mechanism that includes the Global Environment Facility Trust Fund to support capacity

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