The planetGOLD Knowledge Repository
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.
Women Mine-rock Waste Collectors in Artisanal and Small-scale Mining in Ecuador: Challenges and Opportunities
Patricio Colón Velásquez-López, Claudia Páez-Varas, Ximena Benavides-Zúñiga, Francisco Gallegos, Gerald Fallon English
CIRDI conducted an exploratory study of the nature of women mine-rock waste collectors’ (WWC) activities and analysed their working conditions managing mine waste rock in Ponce Enríquez, Ecuador. A WWC is locally known as janchera, and currently hundreds of women are involved in this activity within artisanal and small-scale gold mining.
TRANSMAPE. Community Engagement for the Transformation of Artisanal and Small-Scale Mining and Social Learning
The TransMAPE project was the result of coordinated action between the Canadian International Resources and Development Institute (CIRDI) and the Vice Ministry of Mines in Ecuador with its related institutions, and with the support of other academic institutions and community-based ASM organizations. The primary long-term objective of the TransMAPE project was to co-design a training program for miners, communities, regulators and policy-makers to assist in the technical certification of small-scale artisanal mining in Ecuador. CIRDI’s aim was for a competency-based training program that builds the capacity of ASM miners.