Big Solutions for the Small-scale: The Artisanal Gold Council is a not-for-profit dedicated to improving the opportunities, environment, and health of the millions of people involved in Artisanal and Small-Scale Gold Mining in the developing world. Through doing so we aim to improve the health and safety of workers as well as decrease the environmental impact of the global gold sector.
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Suriname and Nicaragua ASGM Sector Reports: The reports combine information sourced from existing literature, stakeholder consultations, and field work conducted under the AGC’s USDoS funded project in Nicaragua and Suriname. These documents provide a single overview report of the countries' ASGM sectors. The reports provide readers with general country specific background on technical, social, environmental, and legal aspects of ASGM, and present new national inventory estimates for mercury use, gold production and ASGM workforce populations in each country.
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Canada and Artisanal Mining
Artisanal Small Scale Gold Mining (ASGM), recognized as a huge development opportunity in 70+ countries by the world's international institutions, is playing a vital role in eradicating poverty for the world’s poorest and most vulnerable. It is a remarkable sector that deeply touches Canada’s history and development. Artisanal mining played a significant role in creating wealth and economic diversity in early Canadian history (~1850 - 1930), and the evolution of that sector into Canada’s modern natural resources industry tells a good part of the story of the evolution of Canadian governance systems.
Development and Artisanal Mining
ASGM, when done responsibly, fulfills Canada’s three cornerstones of sustainable development – social, economic, and environmental. For example, it can help reduce poverty for the world's poorest and most vulnerable, and especially for women and children. Moreover, supporting improvements in ASGM, particularly the transition of the informal sector into the formal economy greatly supports maternal, newborn and child health (MNCH). This transition also has strong linkages to improving governance and transparency. Read more....
Improving Occupational Health for Artisanal Miners in Peru: Monitoring and reducing mercury and respirable silica in ASGM
The Artisanal Gold Council works to improve the health of miners worldwide. As part of ‘Mejorando la Pequeña
Minería Artesanal de oro’ (MEJORO), our 5 year project in Peru, we are working with local miners to improve practices and reduce environmental and health impacts at processing sites. Our integrated approach to improving occupational health not only seeks to raise awareness on health issues in ASGM, but also to provide practical and accessible alternatives and the necessary training and resources to assist artisanal miners in improving their work environment.
Currently the Artisanal Gold Council has an Request for Proposal out in order to develop an online gold purity calculator that miners can use in the field. Submission deadline is September 30th! The importance of determining gold purity is profoundly understood by the world’s refineries and is the basis for all final gold trade. However, in the field, the actual quantity of gold in a piece of dore (raw gold with some impurities) is difficult to ascertain. Read more...
Miner's Day in Peru (June 23rd, 2016)
In June the miner's of Chappara celebrated the 199th birthday of the Chaparra District in Peru with the 4th Meeting of Artisanal Miners of Chaparra and the AGC was there to introduce an upcoming project there. Read more...
International Water Day (March 22nd, 2016)
This year's UN World Water Day focuses attention on the close relationship between water and jobs. This is particularly true for the Artisanal and Small-Scale Gold Mining (ASGM) sector where, for more than 15 million workers, water plays an integral part in processing operations, but also has important linkages to environmental and human health. Read more here.
Artisanal Mining and the SDGs (March 14th, 2016)
here, reflecting on what this means for the sector and for the AGC.
In Celebration of Women Artisanal Gold Miners (March 8th 2016)
Women play a variety of roles in artisanal and small scale gold mining (ASGM). This sector can be a vehicle to improve their socio-economic status, increase their decision-making power in communities, increase their financial independence, and enable women to take measures to protect their and their families’ health. Today we’d like to celebrate and highlight the contribution of women in artisanal and small scale gold mining, by taking a look at a new project that we are launching in Peru.
Read our new blog post about our gender work in Peru here.
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Gold Can Do Good
Making Mercury Free Artisanal Gold Work for Development. A new youtube video showing our work helping miners transition to Mercury Free production of artisanal gold in Burkina Faso.
French Version available.
Interview with Dr Kevin Telmer
Interview with Dr Kevin Telmer, Executive Director of the AGC, at Dubai Precious Metals Conference 2014 by Bullion Bulletin. Insight on ASGM markets, supply chains and our work on the ground.
Click here to watch the full interview.
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