During this 3-day virtual event planetGOLD brought together some of the world’s leading thinkers and practitioners to discuss the most important issues facing the artisanal and small-scale gold mining sector globally
Artisanal and small-scale gold mining (ASGM) produces about 20 percent of the world’s gold each year and supports the livelihoods of approximately 15 million miners and their families. Many of these small-scale mining operations use the toxic chemical mercury to extract their gold.
This practice can change with access to education and economic opportunities to employ alternative equipment. Mercury-free technologies can boost miners’ productivity—leading to economic, environmental, and social benefits including significantly reduced global mercury pollution and safer, cleaner, more responsible gold supply chains.
The aim of this virtual event organized by planetGOLD was to bring together the global ASGM community, from miner representatives and policy and technical experts to practitioners, governments, and donors in order to exchange knowledge and experiences, while ultimately spurring action toward transforming the sector’s practices globally.
Over three days, sessions explored key opportunities to improve financial access for the ASGM sector; global experiences with creating responsible gold supply chains from ASGM operations; approaches to advance formalization; technologies for mercury-free gold production; addressing gender inequalities in the sector; mercury trade issues; and more.
Experience the Global Forum Again
Recordings of the 3-day event are available on the YouTube playlist embedded below. Video recordings are also available with audio interpretation here in Spanish and here in French
To find the recording of a particular session, go to the video recording for that day, look in the video description section, and click on the “chapter” that corresponds to the session of interest.
Meeting Report & Answers to Your Questions
This report provides brief summaries of each of the Global Forum sessions.
For questions unanswered during the live event, please find speaker responses here.
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26-28 April 2022
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