The planetGOLD Knowledge Repository
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World Health Organization: Health Impacts of Mercury
World Health Organization English
This site contains multiple information documents on the dangerous effects of mercury such as: health impacts, tools for actions, guidance documents, fact sheet and other educational materials.
Lead poisoning reduced with safer mining practices
OK International English
A pilot program to introduce safer mining practices in Nigerian gold mining communities has reduced blood lead levels by 32%, according to a study published today. This is the first study to report on a successful intervention to reduce lead exposures among artisanal miners in communities were hundreds of children have died from lead poisoning from the high levels of lead present in the gold ore.
Collection of reports as published by Balifokus covering a number of topics.
Guidance Document: Developing a National Action Plan to Reduce and Where Feasible, Eliminate Mercury Use in Artisanal and Small-Scale Gold Mining
United Nations Environment Program Global Mercury Partnership Arabic
This document represents an expansion of the UNEP Guidance Document: Developing a National Strategic Plan to Reduce Mercury Use in Artisanal and Small-Scale Gold Mining (UNEP 2011), and is intended to reflect advances in understanding of the ASGM sector. Although this guidance document is not legally binding and is not to be construed as a further elaboration or official interpretation of the Minamata Convention, it is intended to provide guidance to countries in formulating NAPs that are consistent with the requirements of the Minamata Convention, and provide technical, legal and policy information on issues related to ASGM.
Handbook: Developing National ASGM Formalization Strategies within National Action Plans
UNEP, UNITAR English
This document aims to assist countries to develop artisanal and small-scale gold mining formalization strategies as part of their National Action Plans under the Minamata Convention on Mercury.
Technical Background Report for the Global Mercury Assessment 2018
United Nations Environment Program English
The Technical Background Report to the Global Mercury Assessment 2018 was produced by an international team of experts convened through a collaboration between UN Environment and the Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme (AMAP). World Health Organization experts contributed to sections dealing with mercury exposure in humans.
Working Together: How large-scale mining can engage with artisanal and small-scale miners
International Finance Corporation English
The interaction between large-scale mining companies and artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) operations has not always been positive, and encounters between the two sectors are increasing. There are a number of ASM sustainable development challenges – including security, human rights and relocation programs – that can require specific ASM consideration.
La Realidad de la Minería Ilegal en Países Amazónicos
Sociedad Peruana de Derecho Ambiental (SPDA) Spanish
Este estudio nos ha permitido tener una visión detallada de la dimensión regional del problema, siendo uno de los hallazgos más relevantes la importante brecha de información oficial que limita el alcance y efectividad de las políticas de Estado para hacer frente a la minería ilegal e informal. A esta realidad se suma la heterogeneidad de criterios entre cada país para definir y medir los problemas de la ilegalidad e informalidad en minería.
Environmental and occupational health hazards associated with artisanal and small-scale gold mining
This document summarizes the environmental and occupational health hazards and adverse health outcomes associated with ASGM. Special considerations for women and children are also explored.
Mercury Exposure and Health Impacts among Individuals in the Artisanal and Small-scale Gold Mining Community