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Bram Ebus English
Report from the IUCN National Committee of the Netherlands (IUCN NL) looking into the world of the informal and formal mercury trade. The study was undertaken in three different continents. In the Amazon region, Bolivia, Guyana and Suriname were examined.
Yvette Sierra Praeli Spanish
En el 2015, Bolivia importó 152 toneladas de mercurio, 12 veces más de lo adquirido el año anterior, un incremento que se dio cuando el Perú impuso restricciones al comercio y uso de este metal pesado directamente ligado a la extracción de oro.
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.
USAID’s Land and Urban Office hosted a webinar with a panel of experts from USAID, Oro Legal, and other partners. The webinar provided a broad overview of USAID’s work on ASM globally, then focused on an example of the multi-faceted Oro Legal program in Colombia, which seeks to strengthen sector governance, encourage stakeholder participation, develop alternative livelihoods, and reduce the environmental impact of illegal mining.
World Gold Council
A web page from the World Gold Council exploring the interaction between the large-scale (LSM) and artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) sectors, including potential roles for LSM companies in interacting with and supporting ASM
Peru Support Group English
This report argues that recognition of this diversity of responsible vs. irresponsible operators will be a key first step in allowing the government to develop adequate policies to effectively interact with the sector. The current policy of criminalisation, on the contrary, risks undermining an industry which represents one of the few viable sources of income for the country's impoverished groups.