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  • Tunkhel Villege, Mongolia
    Voices
    7 August 2020

    The village of Tunkhel is leading the development of a more responsible artisanal gold mining sector in Mongolia

    After many of Mongolia's state-owned timber factories closed in the 1990s, people in the village of Tunkhel looking for new employment moved into informal artisanal and small-scale gold mining. Following a lengthy formalization process, the leader of the local mining organization now hopes that a high-recovery mercury-free processing facility, which the planetGOLD Mongolia project is poised to pilot, will offer opportunities to all local ASGM communities and discourage clandestine use of mercury.

  • Tunkhel Villege, Mongolia
    Voices
    7 August 2020

    Монгол Улсад хариуцлагатай бичил уурхайн хөгжлийг түүчээлэгч Түнхэл тосгон

    1990-ээд оны шилжилтийн үед Монгол Улсад төрийн өмчит мод бэлтгэлийн үйлдвэрүүд хаагдаж, Түнхэл тосгоны иргэд орлогын өөр эх үүсвэрийг эрэлхийлэн алтны бичил уурхайд ажиллаж эхэлжээ. planetGOLD Монгол төслийн туршилтаар байгуулах, алт барилт сайтай, мөнгөн усгүй, баяжуулах цех нь орон нутгийн бусад бичил уурхайчид, бичил уурхайн байгууллагуудад боломж олгож, мөн мөнгөн усны далд хэрэглээг багасгахад хувь нэмрээ оруулна гэдэгт орон нутгийн бичил уурхайн байгууллагын гүйцэтгэх захирал итгэж байна.

  • goldsmith holding rings
    Voices
    4 August 2020

    From gold mining to goldsmithing

    For years an association of women artisanal miners in Ecuador has dreamed of generating another economic activity by promoting the use of materials extracted in the area through goldsmithing, which they believe can provide a way to represent their culture and, in the future, promote tourism. Their dream will soon be a reality as new funding has been provided to implement a goldsmithing workshop. Read more in this article from our partner project in Ecuador.

  • Miner in Indonesia wearing face mask
    News
    24 July 2020

    COVID-19 Updates and Resources

    With the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, now more than ever it’s important to share insights and resources among the global community working on artisanal and small-scale gold mining—in order to help advance response efforts that can support and protect vulnerable ASGM communities around the world. Below we provide updates from planetGOLD programme staff about how the virus is affecting ASGM communities in their countries and their recommendations for ways to respond. We also highlight resources from other organizations and initiatives in the global ASM community that are monitoring the situation.

  • icon of bus and disinfectant
    News
    24 July 2020

    "The Golden Rules"

    As the COVID-19 health emergency has significantly impacted families in Ecuador, especially artisanal miners who depend on this activity to make ends meet, planetGOLD's partner project there has responded to protect these vulnerable communities using a campaign titled Las Reglas de Oro, or "The Golden Rules" - recommendations to protect artisanal & small-scale miners in the context of COVID-19. Using short videos and print material, it aims to provide miners with practical advice for protecting themselves and others against the spread of COVID-19 as containment measures relax and miners return to work.

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    Voices
    23 July 2020

    A journey to the interior of Guyana

    In November 2019, the UN Environment Programme's Malgorzata Stylo joined the Minamata National Action Plan (NAP) project team, composed of national consultants, local stakeholders, regional partners from BCRC Caribbean and international experts, for a journey to the interior of Guyana, known as the heart of mining. The journey was an opportunity to learn firsthand about the life and practices employed by thousands of miners and community members from Guyana’s small-scale mining sector.

  • Men in boat Colombia
    Voices
    5 June 2020

    Unidos por la naturaleza para una Colombia libre de mercurio

    Con un total de 62,125 especies registradas y 91 ecosistemas acuáticos, costeros, marinos e insulares; Colombia se convierte en el epicentro de las celebraciones globales del 5 de junio, fecha del Día Mundial del Medio Ambiente que para este año gira en torno a la protección de la biodiversidad. La riqueza megadiversa del país no compite con su riqueza en oro. Ambos atributos de Colombia centran la atención en la necesidad de impulsar el desarrollo sostenible con la producción y consumo responsable de los recursos naturales.

  • Men in boat Colombia
    Voices
    5 June 2020

    United for nature, toward a mercury-free Colombia

    Colombia, with the second-highest biodiversity in the world, has become the epicenter of global celebrations on World Environment Day today, which this year revolves around the protection of biodiversity. The country also finds itself ranked fourth in the world for mercury emissions, 94% of which are emitted by the small-scale mining sector. Read about the planetGOLD Colombia project's aim to eliminate and/or avert 20 tonnes of mercury from the environment.

  • Small-scale miner in Puno, Peru panning to extract gold
    Voices
    25 May 2020

    How can Peru transform artisanal mining after COVID-19?

    As the top gold producer in Latin America, more than 250,000 artisanal miners and small-scale miners in Peru are deeply affected by the COVID-19 crisis. Although this labor force typically contributes up to 20% of the national gold production and has been in the process of being formalized, today it is very vulnerable. Thus, this pandemic makes evident the need for an inclusive policy that protects them and aims at transformating the sector.

  • Guyana pg image
    Voices
    22 May 2020

    Artisanal gold mining and biodiversity: restoring the balance

    Today as we observe International Day for Biological Diversity in the midst of a pandemic that has gravely impacted so many as well as the ecosystems on which we depend, the rallying cry to “Build Back Better” rings true for the ASGM sector, which has been disrupted by COVID-19 and, with the right support, has the potential to transition to more responsible and clean production methods that at the same time safeguard our planet`s biodiversity.

  • Women sack ore at a processing plant - AGC Philippines image
    Voices
    15 May 2020

    Women and COVID-19 in an artisanal gold mining community: Gender impacts in the Philippines

    Staff with the planetGOLD project team in the Philippines report that as a result of the Enhanced Community Quarantine that has been imposed due to COVID-19, women in the small-scale mining town of Itogon are facing various livelihood and economic challenges, and there are indications that gender inequalities are now exacerbated. This article sheds light on the situation these women face, and recommends several responses to improve gender equality.

  • Gold Buyer, Burkina Faso Photo: Kevin Telmer, AGC
    Voices
    13 May 2020

    Burkina Faso gold prices inch back towards pre-COVID levels

    Artisanal gold prices in Burkina Faso are slowly moving back toward levels seen prior to COVID-19, according to the latest update from staff working on the planetGOLD project in the country. They also report that the prices of consumer products are stable and have returned to the same level as before COVID-19.