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.



Latest Developments

  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
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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. 




https://docs.google.com/a/artisanalgold.org/file/d/0B1XdUMQesN-iLTh4YU1oTHpsVms/edit?pli=1 




Our Board of Director member, Paul Schure, gave a presentation on "Responsible Artisanal Gold Mining Sector" at the Towards Responsible and "Conflict-Free" Mineral Supply Chains in the Great Lakes Region of Africa conference in association with PAC (Partnership Africa Canada), held in Ottawa on June 26.

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Our Executive Director, Dr. Kevin Telmer, gave a presentation on "Améliorer le Secteur Artisanal de l'Or de la RDC par la Réduction de l'Utilisation de Mercure comme Point d'Entrée" as part of a workshop in association with the World Bank and PROMINES, held in Kinshasa on May 2nd.






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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.







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On the cover of World@UVIC. The AGC was profiled for this University of Victoria newsletter. Highlighting the work Professor Kevin Telmer, Post Doctoral Fellow Paleah Moher, Ph.D. Candidate Ricardo Rossin and M.A. Candidate Anthony Persaud in the reduction of mercury use in the ASGM. You can find the newsletter here.





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University of Victoria (UVic) economic co-op student Nevena Boskovic presented a poster highlighting the connections between AGC and universities, in finding solutions for sustainable small scale mining, at the CUVIC 2014 community-university engagement conference this May in Victoria.





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The AGC delivers a Master Class at the Dubai Precious Metals Conference 2014 held on April 6-7. Our Executive Director, Dr. Kevin Telmer, gave a presentation on "Doing Business with the Small and Artisanal Gold Mining Sector Responsibly", focusing on buying ASM gold while reducing mercury use, improving environmental performance, reducing poverty, creating jobs and economic diversity.
The Artisanal Gold Council has taken a major step forward in its efforts to improve the environmental and health conditions of artisanal and small-scale gold miners in Burkina Faso with the establishment of a pilot mercury-free gold processing system and training centre. 

Here is a small video on the steps to develop the plant YouTube Video
(Now also in French)

Vous pouvez aussi trouver la version française ici
Puede encontrar la versión español aquí


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The Artisanal Gold Council, in collaboration with the University of Victoria, Partnership Africa Canada and PAMP, presents to the OECD a webinar to discuss the development of an ASM sourcing tool that aims to maximize the visibility of the ASM supply chain while complying with OECD Due Diligence requirements.









The Artisanal Gold Council delivers a new Socially Responsible Investment concept at the LBMA/LPPM Precious Metals Conference 2013 held in Rome 29 September - 1 October. In the Responsible Gold Forum hosted by RJC and LBMA, executive director, Dr. Kevin Telmer, presented "the Artisanal Gold ETF", a socially responsible investment vehicle to support sustainable development in artisanal gold mining communities. See more on our Artisanal Gold Fund page.








AGC, UNIDO, and UNEP launch the Spanish version of technical guidance document on mercury in the ASGM entitled: 
Guía Práctica: Reducción del uso de mercurio en la minería de oro artesanal y de pequeña escala









Past AGC news items are available here.




The Artisanal Gold™ Coin Launches the AGC Improvement Fund.

A limited mintage of 104 coins were struck at Canada's Lasqueti Mint.
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