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THE JOURNEY AND CHALLENGES OF ADAPTING AN INTERNATIONAL STANDARD INTO MONGOLIAN SOIL
The planetGOLD Mongolia project is the first "gardener” to start actively planting the planetGOLD criteria standard on Mongolian soil, which is a branched-out version of the CRAFT Code (The Code of Risk-mitigation for Artisanal and small-scale Mining Engaging in Formal Trade), another further international standard.
ОЛБОРЛОГЧООС БОРЛУУЛАГЧ ХҮРТЭЛХ ҮНЭТ МЕТАЛЛЫН САЛБАРЫНХАН ЧУУЛАВ
Үнэт металл, үнэт эдлэлийн арилжаа, үйлдвэрлэлийн салбарыг олон нийтэд таниулах зорилго бүхий “Үнэт Металл, Үнэт Чулууны Арилжаа Эрхлэгчдийн Үндэсний Форум” 2023 оны 4-р сарын 12-нд болов. Хоёр дахь жилдээ зохиогдсон уг форумыг Үнэт Металлын Үндэсний Холбоо санаачилж, Санхүүгийн зохицуулах хороо, Монголбанк болон planetGOLD Монгол төсөл хамтран зохион байгууллаа.
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THOUGHTS ON THE PRECIOUS METALS AND JEWELLERY FORUM AND EXPO 2023
Alongside the Precious Metal Traders National Association and Misheel Expo LLC, the planetGOLD Mongolia project co-organized the Precious Metals and Jewellery Forum and Expo in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, from April 12-16, 2023.
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LOGISTICAL CHALLENGES OF EQUIPMENT SHIPPING FROM COLOMBIA
For a landlocked country sandwiched between Russia and China, importing to Mongolia has always been challenging. High shipping cost increases the prices of goods and services hence visitors to the country often find prices expensive. In addition to this geographical distinction, imagine the impact of the pandemic that up-ended global supply chains and logistics for the last three years.
So, here is the story of importing mercury-free processing system (MFPS) equipment from South America to Central Asia. It outlines the challenges of overseeing international logistics management at the best of times, compounded by the intersecting challenges of the global COVID-19 pandemic, a local strike in Colombia, and a complex international incident involving Russia, Ukraine, NATO, and ensuing sanctions.
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FEASIBILITY ASSESSMENT ON ACCESS AND SUPPLY OF ESSENTIAL SOCIAL SERVICES FOR ARTISANAL AND SMALL-SCALE MINERS
Access to and supply of social services, including social insurance, social welfare, health insurance, healthcare, and childcare services, is crucial for the overall welfare, quality of life, and resilience of the ASGM communities. Thus, planetGOLD Mongolia team contracted an external researcher who is conducting a qualitative assessment together with the project team to take a snapshot of the current situation of artisanal miners’ access to these services in the project target areas and provide policy recommendations to meet their differentiated needs.
For this purpose, the research team conducted data collection through key informant interviews and focus group discussions with artisanal miners and related government officials in Selenge province during mid-February, and in Khovd and Gobi-Altai provinces at the end of March. Consequently, the qualitative data will be analyzed along with further research and the final report will be completed.
Sparsely populated but rich in minerals, Mongolia is among the world’s most dependent countries on natural resource extraction. Over the last 30 years as Mongolians have transitioned away from a centrally planned economy to a market oriented economy, the mining sector has become a significant driver of the country’s economy and wealth—accounting for 80 percent of Mongolian exports and over 70 percent of foreign investment in the country.
planetGOLD project sites in Mongolia
In addition to herding and livestock production, mining is also a significant source of livelihoods in rural areas. Artisanal and small-scale gold mining (ASGM) takes place in most provinces in the country, employing 40,000-60,000 people. A third of these individuals are women, and it is estimated that ASGM indirectly supports another 120,000–180,000 people.
Despite legislative efforts to formalize and regulate the ASGM sector and banning the use of mercury, the sector is still largely informal and clandestine use of mercury continues to exist. In order to make the sector sustainable and mercury-free, however, more needs to be done to speed up and reinforce existing efforts to support formalization, financing options, technology enhancement, and information dissemination.
Key Figures from Mongolia
12-20% of the rural labor force works in ASGM
30% of the country's total revenue is generated by mining
14 out of 21 provinces have ASGM operations
16% of the ASGM sector has been formalized
The planetGOLD Mongolia project is working toward eliminating mercury in the ASGM sector by using a bottom-up approach, involving members of the ASGM sector directly in the creation and implementation of policies and practices to sustainably improve mining operations and livelihoods. In partnership with the national government, the project team is working to create an enabling environment for a formalized ASGM sector that enhances community development, improves productivity, and eliminates the use of mercury.
Reduce mercury releases
Help miners access financing