Big Solutions for the Small-scale: The Artisanal Gold Council is a not-for-profit organization 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, and in doing so, improving the global gold sector.









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AGC Press Releases                (August  7, 2015)

Senegal: Artisanal Gold Council establishes miner operated mercury free processing system and training centre in Senegal (English)

Burkina Faso: Artisanal Gold Council delivers responsible mercury free artisanal gold from its pilot processing plant in Burkina Faso to the international market (English)




AGC in the 12th International Conference on Mercury

From June 14th to 19th, the AGC will be chairing two special sessions at the 12th International Conference on Mercury as a Global Pollutant in Jeju, South Korea. The sessions include: “Mercury in Artisanal Gold Mining - the Largest Anthropogenic Source and Biggest Challenge for the Minamata Convention”, and "The Health Impacts of Mercury Use in Artisanal and Small-Scale Gold Mining". We will also be presenting our latest research, which highlights ASGM mercury use estimation methodologies and an Integrative Health Assessment done in Burkina Faso.


AGC project updates: Burkina Faso and Senegal     
(May 14, 2015)

The AGC has made significant progress toward improving the ASGM sectors of Burkina Faso and Senegal throughout 2014, and continue to carry this momentum forward in 2015. Project updates highlighting recent accomplishments are now available for both countries in English and French.

Burkina Faso: English, French
Senegal: English, French



AGC releases health training textbook   
(May 13, 2015)

https://docs.google.com/a/artisanalgold.org/viewer?a=v&pid=sites&srcid=YXJ0aXNhbmFsZ29sZC5vcmd8YWdjMXxneDo1MjFjY2UyYzI3ZjBlOGZl

The Artisanal Gold Council releases the first version of its health training textbook "La santé dans l’orpaillage et l’exploitation minière artisanale -- Un manuel pour instructeurs."  

The textbook is designed for instructors and health professionals to convey key information concerning the communities involved in the broad area of artisanal and small-scale gold mining (ASM). Although some health problems are similar to those of the general population members,
ASM communities have their own diseases due to their work. The textbook is divided into five chapters, allowing users to concentrate on particular areas of interest.
 
Available for download (PDF) in French.





May 2015: AGC presents at the OECD forum on Responsible Supply Chains   (May 12, 2015)


The agenda and Participants is available for download (PDF) here.

AGC's presentation on the 2kg business Model on the session "Financing models for responsible artisanal and small-scale mining and development of market-oriented activities" is available for download (PDF) in English.






Eastern and Southern Africa Regional Forum 2015    (April 13, 2015)

The Artisanal Gold Council (AGC) will participate in the Eastern and Southern Africa Regional Forum on Artisanal and Small Scale Gold Mining and the Minamata Convention on Mercury, held in Dar Es Salaam from the 14-16th of April, 2015. 

The forum focus on the issue of mercury reduction in the ASGM sector to comply with the Minamata Convention on Mercury. A large focus is the creation of National Action Plans (NAPs) and their obligations under the convention. The forum is an opportunity for the AGC to continue its involvement in assisting with implementing the Minamata Convention with regards to the Artisanal and Small-Scale Gold Mining (ASGM) sector. 

Other participants include 9 African Governments, World Bank Group, UNIDO, UNEP, the US Department of State and other civil society organizations such as NRDC.



ASGM Guidance and Honduras Presentation  (Feb. 2015)


Our Executive Director, Dr. Kevin Telmer, gave a presentation
 on "Minería Artesanal y Pequeña Escala (MAPE)to the world bank in Honduras, February 2015.

Available for download (PDF) in English








Dr. David F. Strong on Board



Dr. David F. Strong, PhD, DSc, LLD, FRSC, KSJ, the former President of the University of Victoria and current business entrepreneur has been appointed to the board of directors of the Artisanal Gold Council. Dr. Strong's extensive background and expert knowledge of the mining industry, his international network, and his senior management experience in academic, research, and business communities serve the AGC well.  Read more... 








Mercury Watch Version 2.0 Goes Live
www.mercurywatch.org

MercuryWatch.org - the web portal and communication service that monitors global mercury use in Artisanal and Small Scale Mining has begun its re-launch and phase 2 of improvements. Using a map as the primary interface, MercuryWatch records and displays mercury use in ASGM by country using information derived from field and desk-based research from various experts, the methodologies of which are described in (AMAP/UNEP, 2013). It also allows derivative maps to be created on the fly such as mercury use per GDP or mercury use per population, and there is a ticker tape streaming across the bottom that provides live prices for gold, silver and mercury, as well as the gold to mercury price ratio. The mercury price and the gold to mercury price ratio are included as key indicators of incentives to reduce the use of mercury. As the gold to mercury price ratio shrinks, the incentive for miners to transition away from the use of mercury increases as mercury use becomes less economical. These functions and services are available directly on the home page at www.mercurywatch.org.

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Retort Guide

Available for download (PDF) in English

One of the key messages in the guide that has not often been clearly described is that retorts - although they are simple technology - have complex operational and handling requirements that must be strictly followed to avoid causing increased human exposure to users and community members. We have seen many instances where retorts reduce mercury emissions to the environment but have actually increased local human exposure due to improper use or handling and location. We therefore view them as a technology that should be used on the path towards the transition to zero mercury use rather than as a permanent feature of the ASGM sector.

One of the purposes of the guide is to help with the implementation of the Minamata Convention obligations as specified in Article 7; Annex C. In particular the guide addresses the following four elements from Annex C that must be included in
National Action Plans:

(b) Actions to eliminate (ii) Open burning of amalgam in residential areas;
(e) Strategies for promoting the reduction of emissions and releases of, and exposure to, mercury in artisanal and small-scale gold mining and processing, including mercury-free methods;
(h) A public health strategy on the exposure of artisanal and small-scale gold miners and their communities to mercury. Such a strategy should include, inter alia, the gathering of health data, training for health-care workers and awareness raising
through health facilities;
(i) Strategies to prevent the exposure of vulnerable populations, particularly children and women of child-bearing age, especially pregnant women, to mercury used in artisanal and small-scale gold mining.



Health Manual
ASM Health Guide for Professionals
The Artisanal Gold Council releases the first version of its training manual on health in ASGM: Health Issues in Artisanal and Small Scale Gold Mining: Training for Health Professionals.

Available for download (PDF) in English and French

This publication follows the approach set out in our Blog piece: A Simple Health Strategy for ASGM. It was created to guide the training of health practitioners on health risks that are common in the Artisanal and Small-Scale Gold Mining (ASGM) sector with a focus on mercury, dust, and hygiene. It is short and graphic and accessible to other audiences including government, industry and civil society.

One of the purposes of the manual is to help with implementation of Minamata Convention obligations as specified in Article 7; Annex C. In particular the manual addresses the following three elements from Annex C that must be included in National Action Plans. 

(e) Strategies for promoting the reduction of emissions and releases of, and exposure to, mercury in artisanal and small-scale gold mining and processing, including mercury-free methods; 
(h) A public health strategy on the exposure of artisanal and small-scale gold miners and their communities to mercury. Such a strategy should include, inter alia, the gathering of health data, training for health-care workers and awareness-raising through health facilities; 
(i) Strategies to prevent the exposure of vulnerable populations, particularly children and women of child-bearing age, especially pregnant women, to mercury used in artisanal and small-scale gold mining;



Mercury Free Artisanal Gold
https://sites.google.com/a/artisanalgold.org/agc1/home/youtube%20image%20for%20vid.JPG


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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