D. Stapper, K. Dales, P. Velasquez, and S. Keane
The gap in applicable guidance for cyanide management in the artisanal and small-scale gold mining (ASGM) sector requires urgent attention, especially considering cyanide’s accessibility and effectiveness at gold extraction, and in light of the trend in uptake of cyanidation in the small-scale gold mining sector worldwide. The purpose of this document is to address this gap by providing written guidance for ASGM stakeholders on managing the risks of cyanidation where national legal and regulatory frameworks permit its use, in the context of the ASGM sector’s transition from mercury use.
This document provides an annotated bibliography of World Health Organization (WHO) key information resources relevant to the Minamata Convention on Mercury and the associated World Health Assembly Resolution WHA67.11 Public health impacts of exposure to mercury and mercury compounds: the role of WHO and ministries of public health in the implementation of the Minamata Convention. [Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian, Spanish.]
This educational course was developed to support the training of public health and health-care professionals, medical and other allied students and professionals, and decision-makers in the health and environmental sectors. It compiles information on human exposure to different types of mercury and their health effects, the use of mercury in the health sector, and the policy and technical documents guiding preventive actions at a national level.
Cristiano Lanzano, Sabine Luning, Alizèta Ouédraogo
The Nordic Africa Institute
As artisanal gold mining in Burkina Faso has increased in recent years, so have violent attacks by non-state armed groups. The assumption that there is a natural causal link between the two is, however, too simplistic. The escalating violence should rather be seen as a result of long-term trends, such as state disengagement, a growing dependence on gold and the gradual privatisation of security. This paper recommends that policy makers avoid a repressive approach to artisanal mining and rethink the governance of the sector, in consultation with miners and rural communities.
This document was created to guide the training of health practitioners on certain health risks that are common in the sector. While there are many health risks in the ASGM sector, this guide is limited to risks specifically related to ASGM, particularly those that are rarely covered by general university professional trainings.
This guide describes the principals of reducing and eliminating mercury use in ASGM in an accessible manner. Featuring many photographs of ASGM equipment and techniques, the document explains the importance of milling and concentration, as well as other covering other topics such as retorts and tailings.
The face of ASGM and conditions in Indonesia can change for the better and healthier by switching miners to using mercury-free technologies and enabling them to sell their gold to the formal market. This video from the planetGOLD project in Indonesia explains why it's critical to Make Mercury History in artisanal and small-scale gold mining to ensure healthy food chains and to protect human health today and for future generations. Closed captions in English are available.