The planetGOLD Knowledge Repository
The 2019/2020 Annual Progress Report published by planetGOLD provides an overview of the progress made since the launch of the planetGOLD programme in early 2019 and includes data from the initiation of each of the national projects through fall 2020. This executive summary provides a snapshot of the key points from the full report, across the programme's 4 key programmatic areas: formalization, access to finance, technical solutions, and access to formal markets.
Recognizing that lasting change requires addressing root economic and social drivers of mercury use, planetGOLD is working to accelerate formalization, increase access to formal finance and open avenues to formal gold markets, creating the enabling conditions for the uptake of more efficient, mercury-free technology. This report provides an overview of the progress made since the launch of the planetGOLD programme in early 2019 and includes data from the initiation of each of the national projects through fall 2020.
Jashaf Shamir A. Lorenzo, BAN Toxics IUCN - National Committee of the Netherlands English
This report documents the illicit mercury flows in Mindanao, Philippines as well as the various governance practices for mercury in the study areas. The study is conducted by BAN Toxics and focuses on Artisanal and Small-Scale Gold Mining (ASGM) communities in the island, where the majority of illicit mercury enters the country.
A combination of factors is driving the continued use of mercury, including the lucrativeness of the trade, the informality of the ASGM sector, the poverty of many miners and the power imbalance between many traders and miners. Mercury governance within the investigated countries has potential for improvement. To tackle the mercury problem, action should be taken that addresses the problem from all angles and takes all key stakeholders into account. The report is a compilation of findings from investigations that IUCN NL’s local partner organisations carried out. More detailed findings for each country can be found in the respective country/regional report.
Artisanal Gold Council and Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Spanish
Este plan de capacitación fue creado como parte del proyecto Desarrollo de materiales didácticos para promover la reducción del uso de mercurio en la minería de oro artesanal y en pequeña escala. Este plan tiene como objetivo ayudar a la capacitación de los mineros de oro artesanal y en pequeña escala, para que desarrollen habilidades empresariales fundamentales. Estos materiales didácticos están diseñados para ser de “libre acceso”, es decir, para que puedan ser usados gratuitamente por programas, organizaciones e instituciones que trabajen en el sector de minería de oro artesanal y en pequeña escala.
Artisanal Gold Council and Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation English
This curriculum was developed as part of the project Developing Training Materials to Promote the Reduction of Mercury Use in Artisanal and Small-scale Gold Mining. This curriculum is intended to help teach fundamental business skills to artisanal and small-scale gold miners. These teaching and learning materials are designed to be “open source” meaning that they are made available freely for use by programs, organizations and institutions of all kinds working in the artisanal and small-scale gold mining sector.
State Gold-Buying Programmes: Effective instruments to reform the artisanal and small-scale gold mining sector?
RCS Global English
Can state gold-buying programmes (SGBPs) be an effective tool for governments – to not only bolster state financial reserves, but also to reform the sector, raising its standards and improving its environmental and social outcomes? And can these programmes operate in countries that often lack institutional capacity, infrastructure and stability? This paper analyses case studies in five countries, drawing out the challenges and potential factors for success in developing an effective SGBP.
The Hidden Cost of Jewelry: Human Rights in Supply Chains and the Responsibility of Jewlery Companies
Human Rights Watch English
In this report, Human Rights Watch scrutinizes steps taken by key actors within the jewelry industry to ensure that rights are respected in their gold and diamond supply chains. The report focuses on the policies and practices of 13 major jewelry brands, selected to include some of the industry’s largest and best-known jewelry and watch companies and to reflect different geographic markets.