TANGAN EMAS: Sustainable Development of Artisanal and Small-Scale Gold Mining in Indonesia
Partners: Global Affairs Canada and Yayasan Tambuhak Sinta
Our Indonesia project aims to improve incomes, health, and the environment of the vulnerable and marginalized men and women dependent on the artisanal and small-scale gold mining (ASGM) economy in targeted areas in Indonesia. The project focuses on several key ASGM provinces: Central Kalimantan, South Kalimantan, Java and Sulawesi. There, we will improve mining, environmental and social practices for men and women involved in the ASGM, including introduction and popularization of non-chemical alternatives to mercury in gold processing. The project also supports targeted subnational governments to better collaborate with the formal extractive sector and supports the formalization of ASGM activities through legal trade of responsible artisanal gold and value-added products in domestic and international markets. The project has 3 main pillars: (1) provide training on better practices for men and women miners; (2) provide training to targeted government and civil society groups on ASGM regulation and management; and (3) establish collaborative mechanisms with other relevant initiatives promoting responsible gold and diversification of the ASGM economy. This initiative supports the Government of Indonesia’s implementation of the Minamata Convention on mercury, its National Development Plan and Master Plan for Economic Development (2011 – 2025), and the principles of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals.