The planetGOLD Burkina Faso project team and their partners recently visited four mining sites located across the country's South Western and Cascades regions with the end goal of selecting the best suited mining site to introduce the pilot mercury free gold processing system.
The planetGOLD Mongolia project organized a training session titled “Minamata Convention on Mercury and ASGM” in cooperation with the Ministry of Environment and Tourism in Jargalant city, Khovd province, which coincided with the “Silent Threat of Mercury, Minamata Convention” photo exhibition co-organized by the planetGOLD Mongolia project and the Fresh Water Resource and Nature Conservancy Center.
A través de una reunión virtual que contó con la participación de más de 60 invitados, el equipo de planetGOLD Colombia realizó la socialización del proyecto “Gestión integrada del mercurio en la pequeña minería y minería de subsistencia” con un conversatorio donde se abordaron sus principales aspectos y se dialogó, además, sobre las oportunidades en el Cauca para lograr una Colombia libre de mercurio.
Ecuador's Ministry of Environment and Water, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Global Environment Facility (GEF) have provided USD $299,229.50 for the development of six projects to reduce pollution generated by chemical substances, specifically persistent organic pollutants (POPs) and mercury.These actions will benefit 11,873 people in the provinces of Santa Elena, Pichincha, Azuay, El Oro and Zamora Chinchipe.
In a new issue brief, we review past experiences with delivering financial and allied services to the artisanal and small-scale gold mining (ASGM) sector and examine the existing barriers to attracting formal finance and investment in the sector. The brief concludes with recommended interventions for governments, donors and other allies to help improve ASGM’s access to formal finance in the future.
The planetGOLD project in Colombia, UNDP and the Ministry of Mines and Energy of Colombia, in alliance with six national and international organizations focused on the mining sector, have developed a strategy called #MineríaSinCOVID19 (“Mining Without COVID19”) which includes a comprehensive awareness kit with a biosecurity protocol for workers in small-scale mining and different awareness-raising actions to guide mining communities in different regions of Colombia in the prevention of COVID-19 in mining operations and activities. This initiative had a launch event and a webinar led by the Vice Minister of Mines Carolina Rojas Hayes.