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.
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.
The objective of this report is to summarize gender dynamics in the artisanal and small-scale gold mining (ASGM) sector and their social and economic implications on women miners in Mongolia. The report concludes that, while some barriers exist, the ASGM sector offers viable livelihoods options for women and identifies encouraging opportunities for women to serve as agents of change for formalization and better mining practices.
El programa planetGOLD establece criterios específicos para regir las operaciones de las entidades mineras de oro artesanales y de pequeña escala que participan en el programa. Los Criterios planetGOLD se alinean con el Código CRAFT, e incluyen tres criterios específicos del programa planetGOLD: eliminar el mercurio en el proceso minero, respetar y proteger los derechos de los pueblos indígenas y minimizar el impacto en la biodiversidad. El cumplimiento de estos criterios garantizará que los mineros artesanales y de pequeña escala que participen en el programa planetGOLD realicen esfuerzos suficientes para evitar, minimizar, mitigar y, en su caso, compensar los impactos adversos sobre las personas y el medio ambiente.
This comic book was produced by the planetGOLD Indonesia project for young audiences and as an educational tool for school teachers to use, raising awareness about the dangers of exposure to mercury used in artisanal and small-scale gold mining.
MIT D-Lab and Alliance for Responsible Mining
The MIT D-Lab Inclusive Economies program and the Alliance for Responsible Mining in Colombia, joined together to launch a two-year program addressing gender-based violence affecting women engaged in artisanal and small-scale gold mining in the Antioquia region of Colombia.
The project uses an innovative movement-building approach to foster women miners’ associations and homegrown advocacy to address social and economic gender-based violence in mining communities in Andes, Zaragoza, Nechí, and El Bagre in Antioquia, Colombia.
Researchers or other assessors should use this guide to help ministries of health develop a public health strategy as part of the ASGM National Action Plan. The evidence collected will clarify key issues to consider for the public health strategy. The approach for collecting and using the evidence was developed by WHO and the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute and pilot-tested in three countries – Ghana, Mozambique and Nigeria – between 2017 and 2019.
Also available in Arabic, French, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish.
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.
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.
The planetGOLD Guyana project is supporting Guyana with the move towards reducing and eliminating, where possible, the use of mercury in ASGM sector. Here we meet up with one small miner from Region 8 in Guyana, South America where he shares his knowledge on the dangers or mercury and his experience as a miner.