The planetGOLD Knowledge Repository
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UNDP Ecuador/planetGOLD Ecuador, PAGE English
With the aim of reducing the use of hazardous chemicals in the gold recovery process in artisanal mining, UNDP Ecuador and PAGE conducted a study revealing significant gains that artisanal miners, processing plants, laboratories and the state could have if the gold recovery process were transferred to small-scale mining plants with appropriate, mercury-free processes. Read the key results in this fact sheet.
planetGOLD Guyana English
Mining districts and their nearby Indigenous Communities in Guyana have been impacted by COVID-19. This booklet provides guidance and recommendations for the artisanal and small-scale gold mining sector to support a safe, clean, and healthy environment for workers.
planetGOLD Indonesia, Marcello Veiga English
What is mercury, and what can happen if you are exposed to it? In this comic book created by the planetGOLD Indonesia project with a script by Professor Marcello Veiga, these topics and more are explored through animated characters teaching young audiences fundamental truths about the dangers of mercury in ASGM and how they can avoid it.
Evaluating and Monitoring Small Scale Gold Mining and Mercury Use: Building a Knowledge-base with Satellite Imagery and Field Work
Daniel Stapper and Kevin Telmer English
This project was a pilot study at building a basic database for ASM sites in Brazil and Indonesia. The aim was to combine field work with satellite imagery to build a database that would span spatial scales and times greater than possible through field work alone.
The source and fate of sediment and mercury in the Tapajo´s River, Para´, Brazilian Amazon: Ground- and space-based evidence
Kevin Telmer, Maycira Costa, et al. English
This paper presents results of mercury (Hg) in surface waters and soils and an analysis of satellite imagery from the Tapajo´s River basin, Brazilian Amazon, and the Reserva Garimpeira do Tapajo´s, the legal gold mining district of the basin.
Brechas de género en la minería: La minería artesanal y de pequeña escala colombiana desde una perspectiva de género
Arcos, Ander, Rivera Guzmán, Estefanía Spanish
El presente estudio pretende aportar a la comprensión sobre las desigualdades de género en la minería artesanal y de pequeña escala a través de los pensamientos, visiones y percepciones de mineros y mineras sobre estas; así como analizar desde un enfoque de género las normativas y políticas públicas aplicables al sector minero.
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.
The planetGOLD programme sets out specific criteria to govern the operations of artisanal and small-scale gold mining entities engaged with the programme. The planetGOLD Criteria align with the CRAFT Code, and include three criteria that are specific to the planetGOLD programme: eliminating mercury in the mining process, respecting and protecting the rights of Indigenous Peoples, and minimizing impact on biodiversity. Conformance with this criteria will ensure that artisanal and small-scale miners participating in the planetGOLD programme undertake sufficient efforts to avoid, minimize, mitigate, and where appropriate, offset adverse impacts to people and the environment.
Gavin Hilson, Steven Van Bockstael, Titus Sauerwein, Abigail Hilson, James McQuilken English
This article offers preliminary reflections on the potential impact of COVID-19 on artisanal and small-scale mining activities in sub-Saharan Africa. In doing so, it revisits the core ideas put forward in the literature in support of showcasing the sector more prominently in the region’s rural development strategies.