Despite considerable ongoing challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, the planetGOLD programme has nonetheless managed to advance toward its goals of helping small-scale gold miners avoid the use of mercury, as well as contributing to the creation of more sustainable livelihoods and creating a healthier and more profitable sector overall. This report provides an overview of the progress made by the planetGOLD programme from July 2020 through June 2021.
The curriculum has been designed as an introductory level course on basic knowledge, skills and attitudes that will enable artisanal and small-scale miners to run more sustainable, responsible, and profitable enterprises with focus on key safety and health concerns.
To assess the wealth of information generated in Minamata Convention National Action Plans (NAP) for ASGM sector, the finalized documents have been reviewed and quantitative and qualitative data has been extracted. Visit the website to explore the full database using the dynamic dashboards, browse thematic stories and see collection of maps with ASGM locations/regions extracted from the countries' NAP documents.
When artisanal and small-scale miners produce gold observing relevant environmental, social and governance standards, practical barriers to accessing international markets typically still remain. This report aims to inform the funders, leaders, and managers of existing and planned ASGM Market Access Initiatives, to highlight the impediments such initiatives face in establishing a flow of formal responsible ASM gold into international markets.
In this planetGOLD Kenya video interview, artisanal miner Timothy Mukoshi from Kakamega County describes the impacts that formalization status has on miners' ability to access finance in order to shift to more responsible, mercury-free artisanal gold mining practices.
The planetGOLD Mongolia project was launched in 2019 and will continue until the end of 2023. The project contributes to the elimination of mercury in artisanal and small-scale gold mining (ASGM) and enhancing formalization of the sector. The project is a part of the planetGOLD Programme and to learn more, watch the full interview with Mongolian National Project Manager, Altanbagana Bayarsaikhan.