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. 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.





                   Latest Developments          News Archives


  • AGC leads Investor Workshop on Artisanal Gold Investment Models, NYC, Dec  11 - link
  • AGC attended the EITI's 7th Global Conference in Lima, 24-25 February 2016.  To read more about the conference click here
  • Kevin Telmer has gladly accepted his invitation to participate in the Global Mercury Assessment taking place in Geneva later this year.



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 22nd, 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.




ZMWG Press Release                                                                                                 (March 9th, 2016)  


 
Amman, Jordan: 
Despite progress, global mercury agreement undermined by uncontrolled production and trade.  
Groups ask governments to fast track ratification, early implementation of Minamata Treaty.  Read more here.
 









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.






AGC at the 2015 Health in the implementation of the Minamata Convention         (October 20, 2015)

The Minamata Convention calls for countries to implement national public health strategies as part of their national action plans. The Uruguayan Ministry of Health and the World Health Organisation co-hosted a workshop addressing this in Montevideo, Uruguay October 7-8, 2015. The energy among participants were representatives from the ministries of health from Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela was palpable. Heidi Monk presented AGC’s work with artisanal and small-scale gold miners. The workshop was part of a larger strategy to engage ministries of health in the implementation of the Minamata Convention. 

Read our new blog post about creating national public health strategies for ASGM in Latin America here.  



AGC releases Guide for mercury inventory                                                                (October 15, 2015)

https://docs.google.com/a/artisanalgold.org/viewer?a=v&pid=sites&srcid=YXJ0aXNhbmFsZ29sZC5vcmd8YWdjMXxneDoyZWYzNDlkNWI3YWEyZDc2

The Artisanal Gold Council releases the first version of its mercury inventory guide "Developing Baseline Estimates of Mercury Use in Artisanal and Small-Scale Gold Mining Communities: A Practical Guide."

The guide is an educational and training document that can be used as a practical introduction to conducting baseline estimates of mercury use in artisanal and small-scale gold mining (ASGM) communities. The guide has been designed to assist  governments, civil-society organizations and the private sector in carrying out mercury inventories in ASGM communities, with the primary purpose of providing the baseline needed to measure progress in transitioning away from mercury use. This guide is designed to supplement already existing documents by showing practical field methods that can easily be implemented by a wide variety of stakeholders.

                                             Available for download (PDF) in English 


Working with artisanal gold miners in Peru      (September  30, 2015)




Artisanal Gold Council is working with artisanal gold miners in Peru to improve practices and facilitate the production of responsible artisanal gold. Miners and local governments are equally enthusiastic about this transition. This short video demonstrates artisanal gold miners extracting and processing ore from colluvial mine sites in the Apurimac Region of the Peruvian Andes. To watch the video, please click here.





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









Hugh Stephens on Board

February 2016: Hugh Stephens has been appointed to the 
board of directors of the Artisanal Gold Council.  Hugh
  is currently Vice Chair of the Canadian Committee on Pacific Economic Cooperation (CANCPEC), Senior Fellow at the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada, Executive Fellow at the School of Public Policy at the University of Calgary, and an associate faculty member in the School of Business at Royal Roads University, Victoria, BC








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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