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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New Reports

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.

Upcoming Events
  • Washington, DC (December 6 & 7) - Dr. Kevin Telmer, Dr. Linda McGrew, and Peter Rosenbluth will be key participants in the Global Opportunities for Long-term Development in the ASGM Sector Event taking place next month. This event will bring together players in ASGM, including governments, agencies, NGOs, and the private sector, and includes a keynote address from Gina McCarthy, Administrator of the US Environmental Protection Agency.

  • Toronto, ON (February 11 & 12, 2017) - The 2017 International Development Conference at the University of Toronto Scarborough has invited Peter Rosenbluth to speak as part of the thematic session All That Glitters: Gold Mining, Mercury Pollution, and ASGM Communities. More information on the event here

Past Events
  • Jakarta, Indonesia (November 17, 2016) - The AGC Project Sustainable Development of the Artisanal and Small-Scale Gold Mining (ASGM) in Indonesia held its 1st Steering Committee Meeting.

  • Jakarta, Indonesia (November 2 - 4, 2016) - Richard Gutierrez will be a Keynote Speaker at this international conference entitled Community mining in Indonesia: Minimising harm, maximising benefits. Attendees include national and international experts from government, university, industry and NGO sectors, gathering to share their understanding of community mining in Indonesia. The presentation was titled: The Importance of Formal Gold Markets and the Reduction of Mercury Use in the Development of the Artisanal and Small-scale Gold Mining Sector.

  • Lima, Peru (October 24 & 25, 2016) – Dr. Kevin Telmer will be moderating a panel discussion entitled Small and Artisanal Miners: Who are they and are they looking for investment? at the Latin America Mining & Investment Summit.

  • Kingston, Jamaica (October 18 & 19, 2016) - Dr. Arnaldo Sanchez was invited by the Pan American and World Health Organizations to participate in a gathering of experts discussing the Health Sector in the Implementation of the Minamata Convention on Mercury. His presentation is titled ASGM Public Heath Strategies: Possible Scenarios.

  • Singapore (October 16 – 18, 2016) – Dr. Kevin Telmer will be speaking to the topic of Responsible Artisanal Gold at the 2016 London Bullion Market Association / London Platinum and Palladium Market Precious Metals Conference; LBMA/LPPM Precious Metals Conference.

  • Washington, D.C. (September 28 – 30, 2016) – Dr. Kevin Telmer travels to be a special guest at the DC ASGM Roundtable Discussion hosted by NRDC, (presentation available here) and at an ASGM discussion hosted by US Department of State, International Labour Organization, and the US Department of Labor (presentation here).

  • Entebbe, Uganda (September 15 & 16, 2016) – Eric Negulic of the AGC presented on general ASGM inventory methodologies and the process of developing country-specific ASGM inventories at the workshop on regional mercury trade and ASGM mercury inventories put on by COWI and the World Bank.

  • Victoria, British Columbia (August 30, 2016) – AGC hosted a coordination meeting with Jane Dennison (USDOS) and Kirsten Dales (CIRDI) at AGC HQ. Potential future collaborations that build on past work were discussed.  

  • New York, N.Y. - (December 11, 2015) – AGC was content creator and co-organizer of the Artisanal Gold Investment Models Workshop held to inform investors and the downstream gold sector on the opportunities to build businesses in the ASGM sector and encourage greater private sector engagement, along with NRDC, US Department of State and RESOLVE - link

Latest Blog Posts     Our Blog

Artisanal Small-Scale Gold Mining and Canada’s Post 2015 Development Priorities

(Nov 16, 2016)

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

(November 7, 2016)

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.

Calculating Karats
                                                                                        (Sept 27, 2016)

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) 

A starting point to realising the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) requires an understanding of where and how our work intersects with them. The mining sector - large, medium, small and artisanal – is no exception. How the artisanal sector in particular unfolds and develops in the next 15 years will affect our collective ability to reach the SDGs.  While developments in Artisanal and Small Scale Gold Mining (ASGM) can be linked to all of the SDGs, 8 of the most pertinent ones are discussed 
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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Mercury Free Artisanal Gold

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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